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Gildas d'Ollone, technical director of Pichon Comtesse. Retired in 2011.
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 kilometre after you leave the town of St. Julien in direction of Pauillac. 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.
2011 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 92+p
Tasted twice - last time in April 2012. Consistent notes. It showed power, lot of black cherries and strong tannin, excellent length and structure.
2010 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 94p
Tasted in April 2011. This wine showed chocolate, dark cherries, big aromatic nose, excellent length and excellent balance. Superb long finish. Stunning effort.
2009 Pichon Comtesse (barrel sample) 92-93p
Tasted in April 2010. It had elegant, silky fruit, sappy and fleshy, very nice length and aftertaste. Charming and aromatic on the nose. Splendid effort.
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
64% C.Sauvignon + 29% Merlot + Cabernet Franc 6% + Petit Verdot 1%. Tasted three times - last time in October 2009. Consistent notes. Controversial wine among 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 (barrel sample) 93p
Tasted in March 2006. 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 three times - last time in July 2008. 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 93p
Tasted twice - last time in March 2006. 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.
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. Potent, strong backbone, deep and long on the palate, powerful and tight. Terrific wine and one to keep for additional 10 years.
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.
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