Reserve de la Comtesse 2004


This is the second wine of Pichon Longueville Baron, a 2nd growth Medoc from just south of the village of Paulliac on the left bank of the Gironde estuary. 2004 weather conditions of a wet August saved by a dry September and October produced wines of reasonable but not superb quality. The notes below are our impressions.

Colour: Intensity, very deep, tawny rim.

Nose: Slight menthol, black fruits, savoury, some muted acidity, intense, developing.

Flavours: dry, medium acidity, medium + tannins and mouth feel, pronounced black plum fruits, long finish.

This is ready for drinking but will develop more subtlety as it ages. Good, but yet to reach its best.

My more general opinion would be that of surprise at its body which was quite rustic rather than lean. I associate claret with a more refined style than this wine is showing; my first impressions were that it was southern French. The blend is 58% CS, 36% Merlot and 6% CF. I think it would benefit from more time to let the subtler flavours come through.

Still a very enjoyable wine, though. Thanks, Richard.

[Richard: the last, and probably the most expensive – around £28 –  of a of a mixed claret case from TWS. Very enjoyable drink which really needed red meat rather than the baked potato potato and cheese we drank it with.]


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