2016, Reserve Comtesse

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Red

(Priced at per bottle)

Vintage
Size

Score: 90

Drinking Dates: 2020-2036

Critic: Lisa Perrotti-Brown

Tasted: 30-Nov-2018

The 2016 Reserve de Comtesse de Lalande is a blend of 37% Merlot, 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot, with a modest alcohol level of 13.1% and a pH of 3.71. It has a tightly wound bouquet that perhaps needed more coaxing than some of its peers, but it was worth persisting, as it unveils some lovely cedar-infused black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin on the entry, moderate depth, a light marine influence upon the black fruit with a little creaminess on the finish. This is a fine Reserve de Comtesse that is on par with the excellent 2015 last year.