La Conseillante 2019


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. Purchased by Louis Nicolas in 1871, it has remained in his family's ownership ever since. 11.8 hectares planted 83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc. Always consistent and reliable, quality has been further improved in recent years by the production of a second wine - Duo de la Conseillante.

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Tasting Notes

The 2019 La Conseillante was picked 17-20 September for the Merlot and 30 September and 7 October for the Cabernet Franc. Yields were low at just 34hl/ha. The Grand Vin is aged in 70% new French oak, 27% one-year old barrels and 3% in clay amphora. Limpid purple in colour, this has an exquisite bouquet with pixelated blackberry and raspberry scents, laced with pressed iris and a touch of graphite. It reminds me of a less powerful version of the 2010 when I tasted that from barrel. The palate is very smooth with ebullient red and black fruit on the entry, then it tapers in a little, towards a very cohesive, satin-textured middle. This is definitely one of the purest La Conseillante wines that I have encountered from barrel. It delivers a subtle spiciness towards the finish with hints of tobacco and clove on the persistent aftertaste. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux and her team have conjured a magnificent Pomerol here. 2026 - 2060

Score: 97/99Neal Martin,, June 2020

The 2019 La Conseillante is a blend of 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, harvested from the 17th of September to the 7th of October at yields of 34 hectoliters per hectare. It is being aged in 70% new French oak barrels, 27% second fill barrels and 3% amphora. The alcohol this year is 14.5% with a pH of 3.67. Very deep purple-black colored, it comes bounding out of the glass with all the energy of a new puppy, featuring notes of warm plums, wild blueberries and freshly crushed black cherries with hints of licorice, molten chocolate, violets, woodsmoke and tar plus a waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with layer upon layer of black and blue fruits with loads of floral sparks and a very fine-grained, silt-like texture, finishing with incredible freshness and a provocative mineral edge. La Conseillante's signature perfume, purity and restrained power shine through with amazing clarity and style this vintage.

Score: 96/98Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (2019 Borde), June 2020

A very fine, ethereal wine, offering blueberries, white truffles and violets. Full body and a wonderful texture with tannins that spread across the palate, caressing the mouth. Really polished to the finest grain. Extremely long. Shows strength with finesse.

Score: 97/98James Suckling,, June 2020

General Manager and Winemaker Marielle Cazaux turned out one of the jewels of the vintage with the 2019 La Conseillante. Fresh, nuanced and beautifully perfumed, the 2019 is a total stunner from the very first taste. What impresses me most about the 2019 is its freshness and vivacity, both so rare in 2019 in Pomerol. Inky dark fruit, lavender, mint and spice all build effortlessly. At 16%, the Cabernet Franc is particularly expressive, especially in the wine's aromatics. The 2019 is a wine of pure and total sensuality. Don't miss it.

Score: 96/98Antonio Galloni,, June 2020

The 2019 is talented winemaker Marielle Cazaux's 5th vintage at La Conseillante. The blend is 84% Merlot and 16% Cabernet Franc, which will be aged in 70% new French oak, 27% one year old oak, and 3% in amphora with an abv of 14.5%. The canopy was not thinned of leaves this year in order to protect the fruit from the sun. The yield is 34.5hl/ha, which is close to average. Marielle believes the wine has the vibrant fruit of 2016 with the texture of their 2018. Deep purple in colour, with an evocative nose of cassis, violets and perfumed plums - there are hints of vanilla and cedar too. A very enticing aroma. The palate bursts forward with violets, blueberry and ripe cherry. This is succulent, with perfectly judged oak adding a hint of vanilla as well as more savoury cedar. The tannins build through the mid-palate, coating the mouth and adding real depth and structure. This is a dark, brooding monster of a La Conseillante but beautifully somooth and polished tannins. This wine is destined for long-term ageing, but the fruit and structure are perfectly interlaced suggesting a long and open drinking window. Long, driven and fine on the finish. This reminds us of the power of 2010 with the refinement of the 2016. A sensationally good Pomerol. Tasted at the Chateau and in London.

Score: 18+Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

84% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc; 70% new oak, 3% amphora. Yield 34 hl/ha. Barrel sample.
Deep purple-crimson hue. Plenty of depth and intensity on the nose with morello cherry and floral (violet) notes. Palate hits a perfect pitch of ripeness, the fruit ripe but juicy and refreshing. Solid but refined tannins provide a firmness and persistence on the finish. Offers gravity and charm combined. (JL) 14.5%
Drink 2027 – 2042

Score: 17.5James Lawther MW,, June 2020

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