(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.
Robert ParkerPichon Lalande’s second wine, the 2011 Reserve de la Comtesse offers juicy, cherry, red and black currant notes as well as a medium-bodied, elegant, finesse style. It is already drinking well and should continue to evolve nicely for another decade.
Wine SpectatorLightly rugged along the edges, this sports a core of crushed plum and currant fruit, lined with tobacco and briar notes. Accessible now despite the chewy feel, which should soften soon enough. Drink now through 2018. 12,500 cases made.-JM