(2012 Vintage) A mix of dark plum, blackberry and fig fruit rumbles along here, with a charcoal note cutting a broad swath. Solid, if a bit blunt in the end, as bittersweet cocoa clamps own on the finish. Went for obvious extraction, and now we have to wait and see if this stretches out in time or stays landlocked by the square tannins.
Very vibrant and fresh. On the nose, red fruits, spice and floral notes. On the palate, sweet red fruits, red currant and cherry. Bright and lively with firm tannins. A version in miniature of the "grand vin," a string quartet to its full orchestra. Delightful. (Jeff Garneau, K&L Redwood City Bordeaux Liasion) Note: Futures item. Wine will arrive late 2011 to 2013. You will be contacted for delivery instructions. Wine Label: Enlarge Reviews Robert Parker 91 Points Made from a blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 38% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc, the second wine, the 2009 Reserve de la Comtesse, exhibits notes of forest floor, white chocolate, licorice, black currants and vanillin-infused black cherries. It possesses a sweet, round, generous style given its high glycerin. Both the Reserve de la Comtesse and Pichon Lalande have about 13% alcohol, slightly lower than most Pauillacs achieved in 2009. Drink it over the next 10 years. Wine Spectator 88-91 Points Currants and flowers on the nose. Dried spices as well. Full-bodied, with silky yet chewy tannins and a long finish. Dense and solid. Second wine of Pichon-Lalande. Neal Martin's Wine Journal 88-90 Points For the vintage, this Reserve as an exuberant, most approachable nose with red-berries, kirsch, graphite, sous-bois and cigar box. Very Pauillac. Moderate definition, actually closing up a little in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannins, lots of tobacco/cigar box flavours infusing the black, dusky fruit. Nicely balanced, if just a little too conservative towards the austere, smoky finish. Tasted March 2010. Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 Points Dark crimson. Very fragrant. Lifted, luscious and lively. Relatively light bodied and flirtatious. More transparent than most 2009s. Just a bit angular and sinewy. Fades just a little fast. Decanter 17/20 Points Black red, big smoky wild violets nose, seductive fruit , fleshy and lifted, a really lovely Saint-Julien style Pauillac, all of a piece. Drink 2014-22.
Robert ParkerRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/20/2012