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Réserve de la Comtesse 2010

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In the Bordeaux region the classified crus have mixed soils, but large enough tracts of land to make very rigorous selections. It is only the quest for excellence during the XVIIIth century that led the owners to elaborate several wines of different quality. Severe selecting is the guarantee of quality of a great wine, but also of a second wine.

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In the Bordeaux region the classified crus have mixed soils, but large enough tracts of land to make very rigorous selections. It is only the quest for excellence during the XVIIIth century that led the owners to elaborate several wines of different quality. Severe selecting is the guarantee of quality of a great wine, but also of a second wine.

Today, the second wines represent between 20% and 50% of the total production of the Château. From the same soil, the second wine benefits from the same technology as the great wine, and also its reputation. They are generally excellent wines, though less robust and long lasting than their elders.

The archives kept at Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande mention the existence of a second wine as early as the XIXth century:

27 April 1890, shipping of four bottles of the vintage 1874 second wine to the Moscow exhibition.

In addition, the accounts book for the year 1874, that details the production of the year, confirms that the second wine was rigorously selected.

The second wine of Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, The Réserve de la Comtesse, was created and sold for the first time in 1973.

Neal Martin
Neil Martin
90 The Réserve de la Comtesse 2010, a blend of 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, has a refined bouquet of dark cherries, plum and blackcurrant fruit that you might describe as "neat and tidy". The palate is medium-bodied with quite a plush, generous entry thanks to that ripe Merlot. It is a forward wine for a 2010, very approachable with a fresh finish. It should drink well over the next 10 years.
Name Réserve de la Comtesse
Vintage 2010
Type Rouge / Red
Appellation Pauillac
Classification 2nd Wine
Grape Varieties Cabernet Sauvignon; Merlot; Cabernet Franc
Format 750ml
Average Age of Vines 30 years old
Production 160,000 bottles
Soil Siliceous Garonne gravel and limestone underlay
Winemaking 24 days' fermentation in stainless-steel tanks
Ageing 18 months in oak barrels (50% new oak)
Website http://www.pichon-lalande.com/
Food Pairings Beef; Mushrooms; Grilled Meat
Occasions Dinner Party; Dinner with friends
When to Drink Enjoy over the next 10 Years