2010 Reserve de la Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac
Very polished tannins that caress the palate. Full body. It's fruity, pretty and refined. The mineral and berry character comes through in a subtle way. Second wine of Pichon Lalande. Better in 2016.
Vibrant and silky, this slides down almost too easily, with delicious red and black currant fruit laced with hints of anise, violet and black tea. A flicker of singed balsa wood keeps the finish going along.
Very dark crimson with a bright rim. Exciting and intriguing with a balsam note on the nose. Round and charming already – and such gloss! Some light saltiness. Very savoury after all the ripeness. Insistently gorgeous. (17/20 points)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
If you're looking for something much more drinkable, then check out the blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2010 Comtesse de Lalande, the second wine of this estate. Sweet mulberry, black cherry, licorice, and forest floor notes dominate this medium-bodied, fleshy, soft wine, which should be drunk over the next decade. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good bright red-ruby. Expressive aromas of black cherry, chocolate, game, menthol and licorice are lifted by a floral topnote. Began a tad tart in the mouth, but grew suppler with air while maintaining good grip to its high-pitched flavors of black raspberry, black cardamom and flowers. Not a particularly ripe 2010 but sexy, energetic and firmly built... (ST)