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2018 Réserve de la Comtesse de Lalande, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408020 93-94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A rich and dense second wine of Pichon Lalande with a full body, round and juicy tannins and a fruit-driven finish. Chewy, too. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

92-94 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Starting with the second wine of the estate, the 2018 Réserve De Comtesse checks as a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It's another rock star of a second wine that taste more like a grand vin with its terrific perfume of crème de cassis, blackberry, graphite, high-class tobacco, and earth. It's deep, medium to full-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has serious length. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Most of the plots that were planted since 2011 have gone into this. This second wine represents 41% of the crop. A blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 42% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Cabernet Franc, the very deep purple-black colored 2018 Reserve de la Comtesse opens slowly to offers glimpses and dusty soil, Sichuan pepper, garrigue and tobacco over a core of warm black cherries, cassis and blackberry pie plus a waft of crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with juicy black fruits and loads of earth/mineral nuances, finishing with lovely freshness and a quiet intensity. Very impressive. (LPB) 92-94+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

93 points Decanter

Outer quote mark As with the first wine of Comtesse, this is one to look out for in 2018. It’s seductive but with a minerality and pull through the palate joined by plush raspberry and damson fruits – so much depth but also so pretty. As the tannins close in the finish is a little tighter than the mid-palate and when you return to it after tasting the first wine the fruit flavours have been joined by liquorice and touches of woodsmoke, it’s delicious. (JA) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Cassis, blackberry, pepper and tobacco notes are in the mix, with good energy on the graphite-edged finish. Shows textbook typicity, and should be ready in the near term after bottling. (JM) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

90-92 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Réserve de la Comtesse is matured in 40% new oak, 30% one year old and 30% two years old. It has a relatively opulent bouquet, although not overdone, armed with copious blackberries, iodine and violet scents that gain intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly grainy tannin and pure black fruit laced with graphite and white pepper, leading to quite a dense but focused finish. This is a powerful Réserve de la Comtesse that will require three to five years in bottle. (NM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A perfumed wine, this is full of black fruits that are shot through with acidity. It is bright, soft and only hinting at tannins. This second wine of Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande will develop quickly and become an attractive, fruity wine from 2018. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very dark cherry fruit. Sweeter and riper on the nose than the Pez just tasted, pure, dark and spicy. Much riper than usual. Pencil shavings scent on the palate, lithe and fine tannins, really smooth and gentle, just enough freshness to balance. A gentle touch. Creamy. They have kept lovely harmony. (JH) 16.5/20 Inner quote mark (4/2019)

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By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2019 | Send Email
Lots of perfume in the nose, toasty, soft and elegant in the mouth, silky tannins, shows poise and precision. Delicious wine that should be a great pick to enjoy within the first 10 years upon release.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/2/2019 | Send Email
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To our group, this may be the best second wine of Bordeaux 2018! Toasty aromas, violets on the nose. Sweet and sexy. You want to drink it now. Just retasted in May-so good. A great value.
Drink from 2022 to 2032

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