The quintessential elegant style of Pomerol, the 2011 La Conseillante offers copious aromas of raspberries, mulberries and spring flowers. Medium-bodied with pure fruit, seamlessly integrated tannin, acidity and wood, and a soft, velvety textured finish, this classic effort is ethereal in its elegance and precision. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
|Score: 92||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014|
Made in the elegant, finesse-filled Bordeaux style, the 2011 La Conseillante displays a deep ruby/purple color along with hints of acacia blossoms intermixed with sweet cherry and mulberry fruit backed up by subtle toasty oak. Attractive on the attack and medium-bodied with good acidity, the 2011 is not a blockbuster such as we saw in 2009 and 2010, but it may resemble the estate's top-flight 1981 (a so-so year in which La Conseillante produced a delicious wine). It will provide early drinking and should last for 10-12 years.
|Score: 88/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012|
The La Conseillante is a blend of 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. It has a very well defined bouquet with attractive dark berry and mulberry aromas, the terroir really coming through with subtle notes of black truffle. The palate is medium-bodied and I think Jean-Michel has really achieved very the filigree tannins this year, rendering this the most feminine La Conseillante I have tasted. It is silky smooth and yet there is certainly a tensile structure that should see it age nicely over 15-20 years. It is very composed, almost understated towards the finish, but this shows great persistency in the mouth without being overpowering. A "controlled" La Conseillante" with just a elegant, beautiful finish. Tasted April 2012.
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012|
This has evolved beautifully. The nose shows black truffles, berries and chocolate character. This is full-bodied, with very firm but polished tannins and a long, focused finish. Needs three to four years to soften, but a pretty, balanced wine for the vintage.
|Score: 93||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2014|
Pretty blueberry and chocolate character. Medium to full body, with fine tannins and chocolate, spice and almonds. Delicate style. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
|Score: 91/92||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2012|
Fabulously situated alongside Cheval Blanc and L'Evangile, this property has a long track record of making outstanding wine that is never forced or over-extracted. Already consistent and reliable, the winemaking has improved in recent years under the direction of the talented Jean-Michel Laporte. A second wine, Duo de la Conseillante is now also produced. The Grand Vin is approximately 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a beautiful Pomerol with a lovely nose of perfume and violets. On the palate there is great purity and elegance with a wonderful, smooth, cashmere cloak. Silky and supple with power yet this is hidden by the charm and polish. A lovely La Conseillante.
|Score: 17+||Farr Vintners, March 2012|
The 2011 La Conseillante is impressive, and I suspect one of the gems in the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated, and layered, with lots of spice, bouquet garni, graphite and assorted darker fruits, it has the classic elegance and polish of the estate and while still young, is drinking beautifully today. Enjoy bottles over the coming two decades. 2018 - 2038
|Score: 93||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
There are a lot of powerful flavours on the nose all feeling quite sweet. Rich damsons and firmer black cherry give complexity on the palate with the ripeness of the fruit and rounded tannins giving a supple fleshiness. The fruit lasts well on the finish.
|Score: 90/93||Derek Smedley MW, April 2012|
I witnessed the hard work that went into sorting the crop in 2011 at this château and it has paid off in the glass. Plenty of sweet oak on the nose, but it's more than window dressing. Red cherry, cassis and plums on the palate, with much less tannin than the 2010, but plenty of charm and length. 8+ years.
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012|
Gentle extraction (advised by new consultant, ex-JP Moueix winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet). Accent on the fruit. Less volume than 2009 and 2010 but good length and balance.
|Score: 17||James Lawther MW, Decanter.com, April 2012|