La Conseillante

 

 POMEROL'S ELEGANTIER

 

Jean-Michel Laporte, La Conseillante's manager from 2004, left in June 2015. New manager from 1st July 2015 is Marielle Cazaux, who've had same position at neighboring Petit Village.

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La Conseillante 2016 (barrel sample) 96-97p

Tasted in April 2017. Marielle Cazaux, winemaker here since summer 2015, made better wine in 2016 than in 2015. Great elegance and finesse here, silky fruit and tannin, velvety texture, very precise and focused.

La Conseillante 2015 (barrel sample) 93p

Tasted in April 2016. Not that exciting as expected. Tasted at the property and the sample clearly lacked freshness and had overripe flavours. I'm maybe far too generous with rating - this wine needs to be retasted.

La Conseillante 2014 (barrel sample) 94+p

Tasted in April 2015. Has more Cabernet Franc in the blend (22%) compared to other vintages (15-18%). Utterly sophisticated and and refined wine, very elegant and with lot of finesse. A lot of style here.

La Conseillante 2013 (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted twice during March/April 2014. Consistent notes. This wine mirrored impressions from tasting 2012 from barrel previous primeur. Violets, finesse, elegance, very complex and refined. Excellent wine work.

La Conseillante 2012 (barrel sample) 93p?

Tasted in April 2013. Sophisticated and refined with great intensity of black cherries, lush and very elegant, velvety texture, great balance and long smooth aftertaste. Fabulous effort for the vintage. In March 2014, it tasted weak, less intense, less structured and tired, probably because of transferring wine to vats before bottling.

La Conseillante 2011 93p

Tasted four times - last time in November 2014. Consistent notes This wine had very aromatic fruit on the nose, silkiness on the palate, great complexity and structure. Long fruity finish.

La Conseillante 2010 95-96p

Tasted three times - last time in March 2014. Consistent notes. Chocolate, black cherries, violets and wonderful balance. Sophisticated and refined on the palate with long finish. Stunning wine with great style.

La Conseillante 2009 (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted three times - last time in April 2011. Consistent notes. 39.5 hl/ha. Lighter than 2010 but almost as impressive. Sophisticated touch and classy elegance. Excellent wine.

La Conseillante 2008 (barrel sample) 93p

Tasted in March 2009. This wine appeared velvety and aromatic all over, pure elegance and sophisticated touch so typical for this property, long and graceful finish. A delight.

La Conseillante 2006 91p

Tasted in March 2014. Quite evolved with slightly jammy flavors. Light texture. Merlot wasn't a revelation in this vintage, it's obvious to taste. I think this wine is speeding up in maturity very fast. Nice and charming.

La Conseillante 2005 95p

Tasted four times - last time in March 2014. Consistent notes. Yield - 38 hl/ha. Great stuff coming from this outstanding vintage. Truffles, seductive nose. elegant and incredibly classy wine, red meat, very sophisticated and with excellent length and structure, incredibly long aftertaste. Fantastic wine and I wonder if 2010 will turn out to be better.

La Conseillante 2001 92p

Tasted four times - last time in April 2011. Consistent notes. Dark red, truffles, very aromatic, subtle and with excellent structure, well-balanced, with much style and grace. A textbook Pomerol.

La Conseillante 2000 95p

Tasted in April 2011. Big yield (49 hl/ha). Truffles again, very distinguished and stylish wine, very, very elegant and seductive. Wonderful stuff.

La Conseillante 1990 94p

Tasted in April 2011. From magnum. Yield 53 hl/ha. Keeping very well, truffles again, stunning elegance and finesse, great intensity and structure. Extraordinary wine.

La Conseillante 1945 96p

Tasted in April 2011. Negociant bottling. An impressive reminder from the past. Remarkable similarity in style to recent vintages - sublime, sophisticated, great finesse and elegance. Just stunning.

 

Latest news

DURING TWO AND A HALF WEEKS IN APRIL 2018 I EXPECT TO TASTE APP. 400-450 BARREL SAMPLES OF 2017 VINTAGE AND 50-75 OF OLDER VINTAGES. UPDATES ON TASTINGS WILL FOLLOW ON FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND HERE ON MY WEBSITE

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HERE ARE MY TOP TEN WINES TASTED IN 2017 (revised)

1. CH. MARGAUX 2015 100p 2. LATOUR 2005 100p 3. MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 2016 100p 4. YQUEM 2015 100p 5. TERTRE ROTEBOEUF 2010 100p 6. LAFLEUR 2016 99p 7. LE PIN 2016 99p/COS D'ESTOURNEL 99p 8. AUSONE 2016 98p/LEOVILLE LASCASES 2016 98p 10. MOUTON ROTHSCHILD 1937 97p

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RECENT ADDITION OF CHATEAU PROFILE - LASCOMBES IN JANUARY 2018. PLANNED ADDITIONS THIS YEAR (2018) - AUSONE, L'EGLISE CLINET, PICHON BARON AND LES CARMES HAUT BRION

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