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External Reviews for Château Pichon Longueville Reserve de la Comtesse
Very distinctive, bursting with earthy, smoky berry flavors and notes of tar and mineral. The tannins are full and velvety. It delivers a lot, and has a long, firm finish. Almost outstanding.
This firmer vintage smells and tastes of the warmth coming off the polished stones of the vineyard. All its elements are in balance, yet theyandrsquo;re expressed in stoniness rather than in separate compartments of juicy red currant fruit pressed and dried, of black cherry skin tannins. Itandrsquo;s the firm, aristocratic structure that comes first, then the perception of plenty of flesh underneath to fill it. And it keeps getting juicier with air. A andrsquo;98 for long-term cellaring.
A definitive Pauillac, the dense purple-colored 1998 Pichon-Baron offers up a sweet bouquet of licorice, smoke, asphalt, blackberries, and creme de cassis. In the mouth, the wine is elegant rather than full-blown, with medium body, sweet fruit, nice texture on the attack and mid-palate, and moderate tannin in the long finish. No, this is not as profound as the 1996, 1990, or 1989, but it is an outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2006andndash;2020.
Very dark ruby color. Beautiful aromas of berries, minerals, cherries and chocolate. Full-bodied, with very rich yet ripe tannins and a long, long tobacco, chery, berry aftertaste. Goes on and on. Always been superb; in fact, it keeps getting better. Drink now through 2015.
A muscular, fleshy, full-throttle wine, packed with plum,currant and anise flavors. Perhaps a bit hot on the finish, but generous and concentrated, with nicely integrated tannins; balanced overall for the long haul. Give it until at least 1999 to 2005 for optimum enjoyment.
Lovely aromas of toasted oak berries and currants with a hint of mint. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and a delicate fruity aftertaste. Very good but not great. Best after 2004. Wine Spectator.
Good full red-ruby. Complex nose combines plum, mocha, minerals, tobacco and burnished oak. A bit tight on entry, then expands and explodes toward the back, showing dense, insinuating flavors of black fruits and licorice. Chewy, sharply delineated Pichon-Baron with excellent underlying backbone and broad, palate-coating tannins. An outstanding vintage for this estate.
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