Welcomed by Gildas d’Ollone, General Manager of Château Pichon-Longueville Comtesse de Lalande, 2nd Growth Pauillac who explained that the cool very slow ripening favoured the Cabernet Sauvignon and so more went into the blend in 2007. It produced ripe blackcurrant fruit with smooth silky tannins.
He underlined the importance of water to the vine – to get ‘just enough’ not to get too much and produce too many grapes. The unique terroir helps to limit the vine’s access to water in such a wet year – very important in producing concentrated ripe grapes.
Parker had just visited to taste the 2007 in situ (after Latour – hard act to follow) one of twenty or so properties he visits himself. The rest of the wines are tasted in the UGC offices in privacy.
Regarding pricing, decided when they have to, often only one week before it is released. They look at the stocks available from the last campaign and their history rather than others around them. (25/3)
2007 Bernadotte: 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 55% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
Good structure, ripe fruit, tannins quite evident
2007 Reserve de la Comtesse : 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc
Fragrant, floral on the nose with red cherry freshness on the palate. Exuberant and forward, fruit-driven. Sweet cherry mid-plate but sour finish
2007 Pichon Comtesse : 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot
Complex aromas of violets, cherries and vanilla. Not as forward as Reserve. Sweetness of ripe fruit on palate. Firm finish. Medium-bodied with concentration of fruit and smooth tannins.