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2019 CHATEAU PICHON LONGUEVILLE COMTESSE DE LALANDE + 2019 PICHON COMTESSE RESERVE

PAUILLAC

“Unbelievably precise all the way through to the finish, I admit staring at my glass trying to find fault with it... you are not looking at a modern-day 1982 or 2016, but something even better and more profound.”

98-100 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN, VINOUS

Today sees the release of one of the great Pauillac estates - Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. A winery on incredible form, it has produced a truly outstanding wine in 2019, receiving a number of potential 100-point scores from the critics.

It is in fact just one of two wines from Neal Martin’s report to be awarded a potential 100 points, described by the critic as “unbelievably precise”. It certainly is one of the wines of the vintage and the energy and tension in the wine are mind-blowing. This wine is certainly one of our picks of the vintage.

Nicolas Glumineau, winemaker and CEO at Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande believes they have never made a wine as refined, racy and elegant as the 2019. There is so much depth. It has a precise attack and thick mid-palate; the finish is endless due to a very sharp tannic structure. It is aromatically complex with floral (violet) and fruity notes (blueberry/raspberry), but it is very Pauillac with its graphite and cedar characters.

Nicolas admits he prayed for rain to fall in August. And when it came down he couldn’t believe it, stating “those very rainy hours really saved our lives and they couldn’t have occurred at a better moment.” The success of this wine was really in the balance but the result is utterly breathtaking. This is a profound modern classic

2019 Pichon Comtesse Pichon Comtesse Bordeaux Pauillac France Still wine

2019 Pichon Comtesse

Pichon Comtesse

97Average Score
flagBordeaux / France
Red
primeurEn Primeur
drink-now2026-2065

The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande evokes a feeling of real power and breadth, with tons of energy giving the wine drive that builds into the finish. Time in the glass brings out the aromatic intensity of the Cabernets. Dark fruit, menthol, rose petal, licorice and grilled herbs all flesh out over time. The 2019 Pichon Comtesse is a very serious wine that almost certainly has more to say than it is willing to express at this stage. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, Vinous  (January 44000)    Score: 95-97/100

6x75cl-0 Immediate | 5 Marketplace£898.00
6L-0 Immediate | 1 Marketplace£1,254.00

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"The 2019 Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande was picked 16 September to 8 October. It has a showstopping nose: intense black fruit laced with graphite and mint. (Whisper it...it reminds me of their First Growth next door neighbor.) The palate is underpinned by very refined tannins that cradle what may well be the purest fruit you will find in this vintage. Unbelievably precise all the way through to the finish, I admit staring at my glass trying to find fault with it. Unless winemaker Nicolas Glumineau gets distracted by the new Cure album and makes a catastrophic error during the rest of its élevage, which he is not prone to doing, you are not looking at a modern-day 1982 or 2016, but something even better and more profound. Tasted from three bottles with consistent notes."

98-100 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN, VINOUS

2019 Reserve de Pichon Comtesse Pichon Comtesse Bordeaux Pauillac France Still wine

2019 Reserve de Pichon Comtesse

Pichon Comtesse

93Average Score
flagBordeaux / France
Red
primeurEn Primeur
drink-now2024-2038

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2019 Reserve de la Comtesse hits the ground running with aromas of warm black and red plums, stewed cherries and mulberries wafting out of the glass plus hints of spice cake, violets, bouquet garni and Ceylon tea. The medium to full-bodied palate appears a bit weightier than the grand vin, with more open-knit, richer fruit at this youthful stage, delivering a plush texture and plenty of freshness, finishing with lingering notes of plum preserves.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate  (January 44000)    Score: 92-94/100

6x75cl-0 Immediate | 108 Marketplace£171.00

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"The 2019 Réserve de la Comtesse is conspicuously deep in colour. The bouquet takes time to unfurl with exceedingly pure blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is very well balanced with fresh acidity, fine grain tannins, a touch of salinity developing towards the finish that has more grip than previous vintages. Superb."

92-94 POINTS - NEAL MARTIN, VINOUS

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