The beautiful 2008 exhibits a dark plum/ruby/purple color as well as jammy red and black fruit, crushed rock and floral notes. If this were a Burgundy, one might think of it as a grand cru Musigny. With excellent texture, medium to full body and stunning purity as well as nobility, this fascinating Pomerol should drink well for 15-20 years. Drink 2011-2031.
This estate has long been known for its elegant, complex, racy, supple, delicious wines, but the 2008 is more massive, structured, and concentrated than usual. There is a lot going on in this richer, more tannic effort. No one will be disappointed, but purchasers should not expect a wine that will be drinkable upon release. A dense ruby/purple color as well as plenty of concentration, sweet, but elevated tannins, and a huge finish suggest this estate is moving in the direction of Gazin, Lafleur, and Trotanoy. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2030.With the next generation of the Nicolas family taking over, there appears to be a change in style at La Conseillante (although it is not fair to judge after just one vintage).
The 2008 La Conseillante has an attractive bouquet at ten years of age, unfolding discretely in the glass with engaging scents of Morello cherry, blackcurrant, orange pith, cedar and a touch of mint. The delineation here is very impressive. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin and a keen thread of acidity. It conveys energy and vivacity and then develops a quite irony note towards the second half with traces of white pepper and bay leaf infusing the red and black fruit. What I appreciate here is its focus and drive, a Pomerol intent on longevity. It is drinking perfectly well now, but it will have more to give. 2018 - 2035
Tasted ex-château and single blind in Southwold. This was a slightly disappointing performance from La Conseillante compared to previous encounters. It has a decadent bouquet with super-ripe red fruit: very plush with pronounced new oak, a little "smudged" when compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte tannins and it appears to have lower acidity. Nevertheless, there is certainly good grip with layers of rich dark cherry and plum fruit towards the sustained finish, though it is missing some persistency. Tasted January 2012.
love Conseillante, they have made some the best Pomerols of recent years, but I cannot get away from the fact that there is a little greenness on the nose. The palate is much better: medium-bodied, fine tannins, a real sense of tension and vibrancy. Maraschino, raspberry and redcurrant with good mineralité coming through on the finish although it does lack some depth on the admittedly fresh, urgent finish. This sample is somewhat "paradoxical"…need to re-taste this. Tasted April 2009.
Blackberries and other black fruits on the nose. Full and compacted, with lots of ripe and silky tannins. Long and structured. Very pretty wine. 86 percent Merlot, 14 percent Cabernet Franc
Very dark ruby. Attractively fusty nose. Very savoury as opposed to sweet. Muscular. Sort of Figeac style of Pomerol! Just a bit drying on the end. Drink 2018 - 2028.
90% of production. Merlot with 14% Cabernet Franc. 90% new oak but with malo in tank not barrel.Zesty nose. Fresh, fine nose. Subtle and juicy and really rather glorious. That's my only criticism. Easy to like. Very sweet and engaging with good dynamism but just a hint of sawdust. Lots of oak! Very polished - though a little bit dry on the finish.
The mix of red fruits is fresh red cherry and mulberry but behind the freshness the black plum
and black cherry enrich. Rounded tannins give suppleness on the mid palate with black fruited
power enriching the finish. 2014-2025