Pichon Comtesse is situated on the right side of "Route de Vin", opposite Pichon Baron on the left side of the road, just barely one kilometre after leaving St. Julien's town 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 of Pichon Comtesse (1978-2007) by the Lencquisaing family, it was sold to the owners of famous champagne-producer Roederer at the beginning of 2007. In 2012 major renovation of wine facilities took place. In November 2012, Nicolas Glumineau arrived at the property, appointed as general manager. His previous job was at Chateau Montrose. After a difficult start with the 2013 vintage, he masterminded 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintage, the latter challenging for being the best vintage since 1961.
Here you find a good portion of the style of St.Julien in Pauillac. Very refined, rich and sophisticated wine. But also a lot of Pauillac style with cedar and tobacco leaves from Cabernet Sauvignon. This property has a long history and is well-known and appreciated among Bordeaux lovers for its classic and well-crafted wine.
2020 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 97-99p
Tasted in May 2021. 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc. I found this wine slightly tighter and more pronounced tannic structure than I experienced in 2018 and 2019 vintages. Nevertheless, we have an incredibly complex, rich, sophisticated, multilayered creature that needs several decades to develop awesome things.
2019 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 99p
Tasted in June 2020. 71% Cabernet Sauvignon + 23% Merlot + 6% Cabernet Franc, 14.12% alcohol. Sensual with breathtaking elegance and finesse, refined and sophisticated, long rows of creamy blackcurrants and cherries, spectacular complexity and length, multilayered, noble and refined. Another magic effort from the property under the guidance of Nicolas Glumineau!
2018 Pichon Comtesse 99p
Tasted twice - last time in December 2020. 71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. An epitome of sophisticated touch, elegance, finesse and richness. Velvety texture, silky fruit and tannin, a lot of sensuality and attraction. Mind-boggling wine, which imho surpasses 2016 by a little margin, but just. It may even get a perfect score from me after bottling. It'll be fun in 4-6 years to compare 2016 and 2018. It has to be the best wine of this property in the last 50 years and, of course, Nicolas Glumineau's best vintage he's made!
2017 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 97+p
Tasted twice - last time in April 2019. Consistent notes. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. A classy nose of tobacco leaf, creamy, exquisite and sophisticated with stunning complexity and elegance. Nicolas Glumineau, P. Comtesse's manager and winemaker, told me that in the 2017 vintage, it has succeeded for him to reach 100% precision. An utterly expressive and impressive wine, knocking hard on the door of the 2015 and 2016 vintage.
2016 Pichon Comtesse 98+p
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, precise and focused, velvety texture, extremely sophisticated and rich, incredible depth and length. A masterpiece of Nicolas Glumineau! Tasted five times - the last time in April 2019.
2015 Pichon Comtesse 98p
I tasted four times - last time in April 2019. Consistent notes. 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The final blend was already made in February 2016. This wine was already a stand-out barrel sample presented during two days of UGCB tastings in Bordeaux in April 2016. While it tasted again six 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 a 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, October 2017, October 2018 and April 2019.
2014 Pichon Comtesse 94+p
Tasted five times - last time in February 2018. Consistent notes. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon + 22% Merlot + 7% Cabernet Franc + 6% Petit Verdot. There is even more pronounced acidity here, great complexity and length, powerful with a strong backbone, and remarkable depth and finish. Excellent for the vintage.
2013 Pichon Comtesse 89p
Tasted twice - last time in October 2017. Consistent notes. 2013 was Nicolas Glumineau's first vintage and an extremely difficult one. A new cellar wasn't quite ready, some deliveries of equipment were late, so there was some stress among staff. Anyway, Nicolas Glumineau and his team managed to deliver a delicious wine. Extremely rigorous selection resulted in a "minuscule" yield of only 20 hl/ha. The wine's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Roasted/grilled bacon on the nose, tobacco leaves, round, fruity and spicy. Already drinkable with a nice fruity finish. This wine is sold out from the property - I guess many restaurants have bought it.
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 successful 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. Lots of acidity here, tannic and somewhat dry. There is an 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. Powerful, tight, fat fruit and tannin with excellent ripeness, chocolate, dark cherries, big aromatic nose, perfect length, remarkable depth, complexity and balance. Superbly long finish. A stunning effort for the vintage.
2009 Pichon Comtesse 95p
Tasted four times - last time in February 2018. Consistent notes. Perfect sweetness, velvety texture, silky fruit, excellent balance. Sophisticated touch to everything in this wine. Very, very impressive. In April 2016 - figs, voluptuous, splendidly aromatic nose, ripe fruit, spicy, Cabernet Sauvignon shining through, splendid length, excellent complexity. A little touch of heat in the aftertaste. As impressive in February 2018 and had no trace of heat/alcohol in the aftertaste this time!
2008 Pichon Comtesse 93p
Tasted four times - last time in February 2018. Not consistent notes. 63% C.Sauvignon + 29% Merlot + Cabernet Franc 3% + Petit Verdot 5%. Aromatic and rich on the nose. Elegant, silky fruit and velvety tannins, sappy and fleshy, splendid length and aftertaste. It was in October 2009. Eight years later, it's evident that baby fat has gone, and the wine suffers a little bit from overdone vinification and resembles the old style of the property. I have to retaste it in a few years. In February 2008, this wine was back to its best, like in October 2009.
2007 Pichon Comtesse 90p
Tasted in October 2009. 58% C.Sauvignon + 36% Merlot + Cabernet Franc 2% + Petit Verdot 4%. An aromatic, gentle and smooth wine with lovely balance, round and with caressing aftertaste. On the light side, but incredibly charming. Will provide early drinking.
2006 Pichon Comtesse 93+p
Tasted in October 2009. 64% C.Sauvignon + 36% Merlot. Strong, tight and masculine wine which needs time to shed off its tannins. I will say hello again to this wine in 10-15 years.
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%. According to many wine critics/journalists, Controversial wine, but for my part, I've always liked it. It's soft tannins and isn't a blockbuster as many had expected. Sensual, fleshy and beautifully crafted wine which slowly puts on weight while in the bottle. Exquisite balance and long caressing aftertaste. I will keep it 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 intense finish. It needs time to soften - 10 years. High-quality wine.
2003 Pichon Comtesse 92p
Tasted three times - last time in April 2018. Consistent notes. 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 tannins, delicate 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 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. A 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, with 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 blackberry fruit. Great, great balance, great length and caressing aftertaste. May it live forever! Magnificent bottle.
1996 Pichon Comtesse 95p
Tasted three times - last time in October 2021. Consistent notes. 75% Cabernet Sauvignon here. Powerful, strong backbone, deep and long on the palate, powerful and tight. This was in 2009. Nine years later, this wine gained more concentration, depth and richness. In October 2021, tasted from magnum, it was so classic for the property with notes of forest floor and cigar box, great complexity and elegance, sophisticated touch and exquisite balance. Impressive stuff.
1995 Pichon Comtesse 94p
Tasted twice - last time in February 2018. Consistent notes. Imposing stuff. Fruity style, remarkable freshness, great complexity and structure. Long finish. It's very successful for the vintage.
1991 Pichon Comtesse 93p
Tasted at the chateau in April 2018. This property's close neighborship to Gironde river assured no frost damage in its vineyard. The wine itself had an astonishingly perfumed nose of blackcurrants, lovely complexity, depth, structure and length. It tasted exceptionally well.
1990 Pichon Comtesse 90p
Tasted twice - last time in October 2009. Consistent notes. Much Cabernet taste in this wine, elegant and with great finesse. Superb balance and smooth aftertaste. It lacks maybe more concentration, but the other ingredients here are just fine. At its peak now.
1989 Pichon Comtesse 94p
Tasted three times - last time in April 2018. Consistent notes. The same style as 1990 but has more finesse and sophisticated touch here. More depth and longer aftertaste. Delicious wine. It was in 1996. Tasted better 22 years later, tight, complex, sophisticated and with great structure. Fully great wine.
1988 Pichon Comtesse 95p
Tasted three times - last time in February 2018. Consistent notes. 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 35% Merlot and 8% Petit Verdot. A well-composed, deep and complex wine. Classy and refined. A great style here. Tasted again precisely 22 years later, it was still going strong with a fabulous nose of truffles and tobacco leaf, elegant and rich on the palate with the great distinction of Pauillac terroir. Great wine and clear proof that Bordeaux wines age beautiful and graceful!
1985 Pichon Comtesse 93p
Tasted four times - last time in November 2015. Consistent notes. A lovely intensity of spicy blackcurrants and redcurrants, feminine 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 an upgrade and a big one. Seductive, truffles, lot of sweetness, lovely balance and depth, silky fruit and tannin. Long aftertaste.
1982 Pichon Comtesse 98p
Tasted three times - last time in April 2018. Consistent notes. Potent, fat and concentrated, rich with enormous depth, complexity and incredibly long and persistent finish. This wine has the potential to keep all strings together for more than 50 years. One of the best examples of the vintage and one of the very best wines ever for the property. It was in 1996. Twenty-two years later, this wine seems to have got some "wrinkles on the face", and it's not that profound anymore. However, it's still an exceptional wine.
1978 Pichon Comtesse 92p
Tasted twice - last time in September 2017. Consistent notes. In February 1996 - dark colour, Much depth on the nose with finesse and grace. Potent and concentrated, very complex and lengthy. Impeccably made wine that can stay on top for at least 20 years! Almost 20 years later, it's thoroughly 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.
1970 Pichon Comtesse 96p
Tasted in February 2020. Big, complex and intense nose of dark cherries, big with truffles on the palate, long and sophisticated. Impressive stuff for a 50 years old wine that easily can thrill wine freaks for another 10-15 years!
1945 Pichon Comtesse 90p
Tasted in September 2017. Old stuff, but this wine is still alive and drinkable.
1928 Pichon Comtesse 93p
Tasted in November 2002. Lots of cherries, superb elegance, medium-bodied, finesse, did taste of raspberry drops. Formidable wine.
Nicolas Glumineau, manager of Pichon Comtesse since November 2012, pictured in April 2016.