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Reserve de la Comtesse 2010 Revisited

Similar to 2009 in terms of structure and fruit profile. Weightier, slightly lengthier and intense; darker fruit; not as fine-grained for the tannins. Less floral on the nose and elegance on the palate, compared to 2009.   Second wine of Pichon Lalande.  We tasted this wine again in the first week of May 2024.

The esteemed Derek Smedley rated this wine 93, a testament to his discerning palate. The nose is bramble-fresh with more profound, more intense black fruits. The tannins are structured but ripe, and towards the back, the sweetness of the cassis shows through, enriching the finish. 

James Suckling has rated this wine 91 points, indicating that it is a high-quality wine worth considering for your collection or enjoyment.

 Indulge in the very polished tannins that caress the palate, creating a full-bodied sensation. It's not just fruity, it's a symphony of fruit flavors, pretty and refined. The mineral and berry character comes through subtly, adding depth to the experience.

91-point Vinous by Neal Martin writes that this 2010 Réserve de la Comtesse has a tight, broody bouquet that feels a little thin compared to its peers in this flight. Red berry fruit, brown spices and iron filling scents only reluctantly emerge, gradually adding weight, and in the end, the aromatics are very satisfying. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, attractive red and black fruit, and a little leathery with cedar notes towards the lively finish. (NM)  (2/2022)

Ninety points Wine Spectator says that this vibrant and silky wine slides down almost too quickly. Its delicious red and black currant fruit is laced with hints of anise, violet, and black tea. A flicker of singed balsa wood keeps the finish going. This wine pairs well with a variety of dishes, including roasted meats, grilled vegetables, and aged cheeses. 

Jancis Robinson believes that the 2010 Réserve de la Comtesse has a deep garnet colour, indicating its maturity. The wine presents ripe dark fruit on the nose, with a fresh and lightly herbal note. On the palate, it offers juicy and extremely elegant tannins, silky and perfectly matched to the fruit. The finish is chalky, adding to its overall balance and complexity.


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