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FINE+RARE, Apr 2023

The 2022 from Pichon Comtesse perfectly encapsulates the vintage. Both dense and paradoxically fresh, the wine has a distinctly graphite, mineral-led nose, with the earthiness complemented by dark-chocolate-coated-fruit tones. The tannins are concentrated but refined and bring a real sense of finesse. This is a big and bold example of Pichon Comtesse, yet it still retains the property’s signature medium-body restraint. There is lots of dry extract, richness, cassis fruit and dried blackberries on the palate, balanced with a crack of freshness making for a very impressive and balanced wine. Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc

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James Suckling

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William Kelley, Wine Advocate

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98 - 99 points
James Suckling
Score 98-99/100 · James Suckling, Apr 2023

I love the aromatics here with botanicals as well as currants, blackberries and oranges. Full-bodied with incredible tannins that build on the palate with finesse and focus. Featherlight but always there. Stealth in structure. Very vertical. Savory. Superb. 78% cabernet sauvignon, 17% merlot and 5% cabernet franc.

97 - 99 points
William Kelley, Wine Advocate
Score 97-99/100 · William Kelley, Wine Advocate, Apr 2023

The 2022 Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is one wine where a comparison with this estate's magical 1982 doesn't appear to be far-fetched. Wafting from the glass with deep aromas of cassis, plums, violets, rose petals, tobacco leaf and pencil shavings, it's full-bodied, supple and fleshy, with a layered, seamless core of fruit that largely conceals its chassis of powdery structuring tannin. Concluding with a long, expansive and beautifully perfumed finish, it's a blend of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc that has the potential to equal or even surpass the 2019 and 2016 vintages at this address. It checks in at a very classical 13.6% alcohol and a rather high pH of 3.80.

98 - 100 points
Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider
Score 98-100/100 · Jeff Leve, The Wine Cellar Insider, Apr 2023

With an inky, dark, garnet hue, the wine asks for a bit of coaxing before its leather, cedar, spice, flowers, truffle, mint, currants and dark cherries show in the perfume. The wine is pure silk on the palate. There are no edges or corners. Everything feels in place. It is completely seamless. The wine is pure, fresh, and expansive. The mid-palate picks up its currants and plums, while the finish holds them in place, and expands in all 4 directions, with perfect balance in its 60-second plus finish. This is the best vintage of Pichon Comtesse ever produced! If you have the extra money, this is the wine to buy as it will provide dividends for decades as it ages and evolves. The wine blends 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot, and 5% Cabernet Franc. 13.65% ABV, 3.80 pH. The harvest took place September 6 - September 27. Yields were 30 hectoliters per hectare. Only 50% of the harvest goes into the Grand Vin.

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Pichon Comtesse

Ch. Pichon Comtesse is one of the stars of Pauillac, and one of the original "Super Seconds" in Bordeaux. Classed as a Deuxième Cru Classé in the 1855 Bordeaux classification, it is widely recognised that Pichon Comtesse can not only match First Growths, but occasionally outperform them.

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