Pichon Comtesse

 

EXCELLENT PAUILLAC CLOSE TO 1.GROWTH QUALITY

 

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Pichon Comtesse is situated on the right side of "Route de Vin", opposite to Pichon Baron on the left side of the road, just barely one kilometer after you leave the town of St. Julien in the direction of Pauillac.

 

In Bordeaux, among wine-people, you don't use name Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande in daily talk, you just say Pichon Comtesse.

 

After 29 years long ownership of Pichon Comtesse (1978-2007) by Lencquisaing family, it was sold to the owners of famous champagne-producer, Roederer in the beginning of 2007. In 2012 major renovation of wine-facilities took place.

 

Here you find the style of St.Julien in Pauillac. Very refined, rich and sophisticated wine. This property has a long history and is well-known and very appreciated among Bordeaux lovers for a classic and well-crafted wine.

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2016 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 98+p

Tasted twice - last time in September 2017. Consistent notes. IPT (Index Polyphenol Total) was very high in 2016, reached 81 compared with 74 for 2015. This wine was a showcase, an incredibly styled wine and a hit. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Impressive nose of blueberry essence, very precise and focused, velvety texture, extremely sophisticated and rich, awesome depth and length. Masterpiece of Nicolas Glumineau!

2015 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 98p

Tasted twice - last time in April 2017. Consistent notes. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Final blend was alredy made in February 2016. This wine was already a stand-out barrel sample among wines presented during two days of UGCB tastings in Bordeaux Lac (Matmut stadium) in April 2016. Then tasted again in space of 6 days later at the property, it showed the same. Packed with perfectly ripe fruit and tannin, excellent complexity and length. More concentration, richness, depth and length than usual, sophisticated and with mega aftertaste. I don't remember Pichon Comtesse being that complex, rich, classy and stylish in the last 25 vintages. It seems that in 2015, this stunning beauty got an extra dimension to it, thanks to perfectly ripe inside and outside Cabernet Sauvignon. Same impression and even more complexity while retasted in April 2017.

2014 Pichon Comtesse 94+p

Tasted four times - last time in September 2017. Consistent notes. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon + 22% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 6% Petit Verdot. Even more evident acidity here, great complexity and length, powerful with strong backbone, remarkable depth and finish. Excellent for the vintage.

2013 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 88p

Tasted in April 2014. Oaky and well-packed with ripe fruit and tannin. Meaty finish. Lacks some more complexity and depth.

2012 Pichon Comtesse 92p

Tasted four times - last time in November 2015. Consistent notes. 59% Cabernet Sauvignon + 28% Merlot + 8% Cabernet Franc + 5% Petit Verdot. Quite tight, well-knitted, long, complex and well-balanced. Fine smooth finish. Well-made and succesful for the vintage.

2011 Pichon Comtesse 91p

Tasted three times - last time in October 2015. Consistent notes. 78% Cabernet Sauvignon + 12% Merlot + 8% Cabernet Franc + 2% Petit Verdot. Lot of acidity here, tannic and rather dry. Unusually high proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage, so patience is required for this wine to soften.

2010 Pichon Comtesse 96p 

Tasted twice - last time in October 2016. Consistent notes. 66% Cabernet Sauvignon + 24% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 3% Petit Verdot. Strong and powerful, tight, fat fruit and tannin with excellent ripeness,  chocolate, dark cherries, big aromatic nose, excellent length, remarkable depth, complexity and balance. Superbly long finish. Stunning effort for the vintage.

2009 Pichon Comtesse 95p

Tasted three times - last time in April 2016. Consistent notes. Excellent sweetnes, velvety texture, silky fruit, excellent balance. Sophisticated touch to everything in this wine. Very, very impressive. In April 2016 - figs, voluptolous, splendidly aromatic nose, ripe fruit, spicy, Cabernet Sauvignon shining through, splendid length, excellent complexity. A little touch of heat in the aftertaste.

2008 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 94+p

63% C.Sauvignon + 29% Merlot + Cabernet Franc 3% + Petit Verdot 5%. Tasted twice - last time in October 2009. Consistent notes. Aromatic and rich on the nose. Elegant, silky fruit and velvety tannins, sappy and fleshy, splendid length and aftertaste. This wine is still improving while in barrel.

2007 Pichon Comtesse 90p 

58% C.Sauvignon + 36% Merlot + Cabernet Franc 2% + Petit Verdot 4%. Tasted in October 2009. Aromatic, gentle and smooth wine with nice balance, round and with caressing aftertaste. On the light side but extremely charming. Will provide early drinking.

2006 Pichon Comtesse 93+p 

64% C.Sauvignon + 36% Merlot. Tasted in October 2009. Strong, tight and masculine wine which needs time to shed off its tannins. Will say hello again to this wine in 10-15 years time.

2005 Pichon Comtesse 94+p

Tasted four times - last time in April 2016. Consistent notes. 64% C.Sauvignon + 29% Merlot + Cabernet Franc 6% + Petit Verdot 1%. Controversial wine according to many wine critics/journalists, but for my part I've always liked it. It's soft tannins and isn't a blockbuster as many had expected. Sensual, corpulent and beautifully crafted wine which slowly puts on weight while in bottle. Exquisite balance and long caressing aftertaste. Will keep for 15 years at least.

2004 Pichon Comtesse 93p

Tasted twice - last time in September 2012. Consistent notes. Deep red. Ripe fruit of high quality, aromatic cherries and blackcurrants. Quite marked by oak and tannin but keeps its lines very well. Strong structure and strong finish. Needs time to soften - 10 years. High quality wine.

2003 Pichon Comtesse 92p

Tasted in March 2006. Sun dried raisins on the nose and palate. Not a trace of overripeness, marmelade or stewed fruit here. Sappy and well-proportioned wine with plenty of tannin, fine balance and firm aftertaste. great success for the vintage.

2002 Pichon Comtesse 92p 

Tasted four times - last time in September 2017. Consistent notes. Deep red. Pleasant and charming on the nose with ripe and aromatic fruit (blackcurrants and cherries). Splendid on the palate with well-composed ingredients, fine structure and long aftertaste. Refined and elegant. Tremendously fine wine for the vintage.

2001 Pichon Comtesse 91p 

Tasted three times - last time in June 2014. Not consistent notes. Deep red. Very aromatic, black cherries, great sweetness of fruit here. Very sophisticated and elegant, superbly structured and long on the palate. Simply a formidable wine. Below par in June 2014.

2000 Pichon Comtesse 96+p 

Tasted in November 2011. Stunningly elegant wine full of finesse and sophisticated movements. Very stylish with enchanting black berry fruit. Great, great balance, great length and caressing aftertaste. May it live forever! Magnificent bottle.

1996 Pichon Comtesse 93p

Tasted in March 2009. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon. Potent, strong backbone, deep and long on the palate, powerful and tight. Terrific wine and one to keep for additional 10 years.

1995 Pichon Comtesse 94p

Tasted in September 2017. Greatly impressive stuff. Fruity style, remarkable freshness, great complexity and structure. Long finish. Impressive for the vintage.

1990 Pichon Comtesse 90p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2009. Much Cabernet taste in this wine, elegant and with great finesse. Splendid balance and smooth aftertaste. Lacks maybe more concentration but the other ingredients here are just fine. At its peak now.

1989 Pichon Comtesse 93p

Tasted twice - last time in February 1996. Consistent notes. Same style as 1990 but more finesse and sophisticated touch here. More depth and longer aftertaste. Delicious wine.

1988 Pichon Comtesse 91p

Tasted twice - last time in February 1996. Consistent notes. Well-composed, deep and complex wine. Classy and refined. Great style here.

1985 Pichon Comtesse 93p

Tasted four times - last time in November 2015. Consistent notes. Fine intensity of spicy blackcurrants and redcurrants, feminin style with finesse and seductive taste. Delicious wine. A bottle tasted in November 2015 was significantly better than the one from 1996 (last tasted), so this wine gets upgrade and a big one. Seductive, truffles, lot of sweetness, great balance and depth, silky fruit and tannin. Long aftertaste.

1982 Pichon Comtesse 98p

Tasted twice - last time in February 1996. Consistent notes. Strong, fat and concentrated, rich with enormous depth, complexity and incredibly long and persistent finish. This wine has potential to keep all strings together for more than 50 years. One of the best examples of the vintage and also one of the very best wines ever for the property.

1978 Pichon Comtesse 92p

Tasted twice - last time in September 2017. In Februar 1996 - dark color, Much depth on the nose with finesse and race. Strong and concentrated, very complex and long. Impeccably made wine which can stay on top for at least 20 years! Almost 20 years later it's fully drinkable, quite mature and tasty.

1975 Pichon Comtesse 91p

Tasted in September 2017. Light in colour, quite mature on the nose and palate, nice complexity and structure.

1945 Pichon Comtesse 90p

Tasted in September 2017. Old stuff but this wine is still alive and drinkable.

 

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Nicolas Glumineau, manager of Pichon Comtesse since November 2012, pictured in April 2016. 2015 vintage is his best achievement yet!

 

Latest news

2017 VINTAGE LOOKS VERY GOOD INDEED - FOR LATEST NEWS CHECK "HARVEST 2017" IN CHAPTER "HARVESTS".

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COMING SOON - PROFILE OF HAUT BAILLY. RECENT ADDITIONS - PROFILE OF LA CABANNE, CERTAN DE MAY AND LEOVILLE LAS CASES

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DURING TWO WEEKS FROM END OF MARCH TO MID-APRIL 2017, I TASTED APP. 420 BARREL SAMPLES OF 2016 VINTAGE. PLEASE READ MY REPORT WITH A LOT OF TASTING NOTES AND CONCLUSIONS IN CHAPTER "VINTAGES".

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES OF 2016

1. Montrose 1990 100p 2. Latour 2000 100p 3. Lafleur 2000 100p 4. Le Pin 1990 99p 5. Cheval Blanc 1990 99p 6. Lafite 2000 99p 7. Montrose 2010 99p 8. Yquem 1986 98p 9. Tertre Roteboeuf 2000 98p 10. Certan de May 1982 98p

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THAT'S THE WAY TO CELEBRATE 70TH BIRTHDAY - CHECK OUT THE ARTICLE WITH SAME TITLE IN THE CHAPTER "HORISONTAL AND VERTICAL TASTINGS"