Tasted at the La Conseillante vertical at Chez Bruce. The La Conseillante 2001 has a lovely, rounded bouquet with notes of blackberry, loganberry, a touch of espresso and fresh fig that simply wafts from the glass and seduces upon contact. The palate is quite compact at the moment, good acidity with firm tannins, slightly foursquare at first but mellowing in the glass, quite linear towards the finish that refuses to fan out or give much away at the moment. Taciturn, very well crafted and very understated on the finish that has the perfect marriage of fleshiness and dryness to leave the palate eager for more. The '01 is an exemplar for the estate. Magnificent. Tasted December 2010.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2011|
Always a Burgundian, feminine style of wine, La Conseillante’s 2001 exhibits aromas of plum and raspberry fruit as well as noticeable new oak in a medium-bodied, dark ruby/plum-colored format with excellent ripeness, but hard tannin in the finish. Although disjointed, it reveals signs of precociousness as well as some edginess and unintegrated tannin (the reason for the question mark). There is a lot going on in this elegant 2001, but it is not nearly as profound as the 2000. Nevertheless, it is the type of wine that may fool early tasters as it does need 2-3 years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2016.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
The barrel sample variation that I experienced in 2002 was no longer a problem in 2003. A typically elegant style of La Conseillante, with a deep ruby/purple color and a sweet nose of framboise intermixed with minerals, smoke, and toasty oak, the 2001 is medium-bodied, elegant, and clearly a finesse-styled wine that lacks the weight, power, and concentration of the fabulous 2000 but delivers plenty of seductive fruit in a measured, soft, silky-textured style. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2014.
|Score: 88/90||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
At best, this 2001 is an exceptionally elegant combination of black raspberries, cherries, smoke, and toasty oak. However, one sample tasted was short in the mouth, and although very good, hardly exceptional. Nevertheless, it is a wine of finesse, nobility, and elegance. Sample variation is the reason for the question mark. While the 2001 does not possess the weight, power, or concentration of the marvelous 2000, it is a successful effort that can be drunk young or cellared for 12-15 years.
|Score: 88/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
This is rather jammy on the nose with macerated cherry, cassis and blueberry; a touch of soy developing with aeration although it does gain clarity in the glass. The ebullient palate is full-bodied, slightly overdone perhaps and in need of more acidity. Blueberry, plum, liquorice and game. Dense, tannic finish: this certainly needs more time and is even a little unresolved at present. Patience required but I have faith in this outstanding Pomerol. Tasted October 2007.
|Score: 94+||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, May 2008|
What a treat to drink. Aromas of blackberries, minerals and dried flowers follow through to a medium to full body, with very silky and caressing tannins and a long, beautiful finish. Delicious now but will improve with age.
|Score: 91||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2007|
Beautiful wine with blackberry, chocolate and floral aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a pretty finish. Refined and silky. Not a big Conseillante, but all in finesse and texture. I like it as much as the 2000. Best after 2006. 4,165 cases made.
|Score: 90||James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2004|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Not as deep a colour as some right bank 2001s. Big and bold. Quite edgy. Unresolved so far but there is real potential here.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, March 2012|