Region: Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Ageing potential: Drink now to 2031
Why You'll Love It?
Chateau La Conseillante is amongst the top producers in Pomerol. First started in 1735 it has been in the hands of the Nicolas family since 1874. La Conseillante's 13 hectares of vineyards are located on a plateau in eastern Pomerol on the boundary with the St-Emilion appellation. Its vineyards border those of L`Evangile, Petit-Village, Vieux Château-Certan and Cheval Blanc. La Conseillante is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. The grapes are harvested by hand and are then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged in small oak casks (90% new) for 18-20 months. It is bottled unfiltered.
The 2006 is relatively forward and seductive, as one expects La Conseillante to be, with a dark ruby/purple-tinged color and a beautifully sweet nose of black raspberries, plums, kirsch, cedar, and licorice. A broad, savory, seductive, full-bodied mouthfeel with superb ripeness, silky tannins, and terrific complexity make this an ethereal style of Pomerol. A must taste. Drink it over the next 15+ years. La Conseillante has been doing everything very well since the turn of this century, and this is another example of just how strong these wines are. For older readers, the great vintages of the past (1982, 1985, 1989, and 1990) are a quintessentially seductive style of Pomerol that seems to represent a hybrid blend of a grand cru red Burgundy and a top terroir from Bordeaux. Drink 2009-2024.
Score: 93 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009
Very dark crimson. Racy nose - more lift and fragrance than the Saint-Émilions (the first Pomerol I tasted blind after dozens of Saint-Émilions blind). Not at all forced but very opulent and very Pomerol. Rich and velvety with good, fresh acidity. In the top rank of Pomerols. Lots of concentrated tannins. Attractive succulence and sweetness on the palate. Very round and successful. Not big and heavy but beautifully balanced and very healthy. Juicy and fruity! Only light to medium weight at this stage.
Score: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2007
Intense colour. Superb nose of ripe red and black fruit with very pure expression. Attractively ample, mature, structured palate. Great wine. 96 pts Gilbert & Gilard
Plush, generous and layered, this Pomerol is supremely confident but a bit reserved. Layers of flavors such as mixed dark fruits and violets are supported by sumptuous tannins. Wonderful wine that is just starting to open up and should drink well over the next 10-15 years. 94 pts.
Jeanie Cho Lee