2003 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac (Previously $60)

SKU #1023659 90 points James Suckling

 Very ripe and raisiny on the nose. Full bodied, with big velvety tannins and a fruity, juicy finish. So much going on here, this is rich and layered for the vintage. Impressive stuff. Will be better after 2012.  (3/2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The only time I tasted the 2003 Reserve de la Comtesse out of bottle, it was somewhat monolithic and superficial, but charming and well-endowed. A 46% Merlot, 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc cuvee, it is well-made... (RP)  (4/2006)

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By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/9/2008 | Send Email
This is a date night wine. Rich and heady fruit fills the nose with a background of spice and floral notes. That same rich fruit covers the palate followed by a long finish of spice and chocolate. Buy a case of this wine to have for each anniversary because it's seductive and has the structure to last.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/18/2008 | Send Email
The second wine of Pichon-Lalande. Robert Parker called the 2003 a “hedonistic sexpot of a Pauillac with loads of density, plenty of ripe fruit, and low acidity in an easy-todrink, seductive style.” As fond as I am of the felicitous phrase, there is no way I can top that. Enjoy.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.