Reserve de la Comtesse 2011
Compared to 2009, 2011 is softer attributable to the higher Merlot component (49%) blended with 43% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Petit Verdot. However, it nosed and tastes straightforwardly uncomplicated, with red fruit, mocha notes, roasted herbs, fresh grass, white chocolate and berry fruit. Still as structured as 2009 and 2010, it is enjoyable.
Tasting scores are consistent with 2009 and 2010 as well:
JS91. A wine with a seamless tannin structure of ripe tannins. Very fine and polished. Lovely subtle fruit. Well done for the second wine of Pichon Lalande. Edited.
Tim Atkins 93. Sixty per cent of the crop at Pichon Lalande went into the second wine, and the selection policy has worked to good effect, as this is a severe red. Fleshy and opulent, with smoky black fruits, a hint of chocolate, refreshing, slightly grassy Cabernet notes, and dense tannins. Edited.