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La Conseillante 2020

Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

Fabulously situated alongside Cheval Blanc and L'Evangile, this property has a long track record of making outstanding Pomerol 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. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux has been doing a fine job since her arrival in 2015.

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Tasting Notes

The balance and energy to this is very impressive with blackberry, black-olive, tar and walnut character. It’s full, but very compact with superb tannin quality that is intense, yet so fine-grained, building layers on the palate. A subtle and structured young wine. It really goes on and on.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2021

The 2020 La Conseillante is a blend of 87% Merlot and 13% Cabernet Franc. Seventy percent of the wine is being aged in new French oak barriques, 27% in second-fill barrels and 3% in amphorae. The alcohol came in at 14% and the pH is 3.64. Deep purple-black colored, it sails gracefully out of the glass with vivacious notes of black raspberries, kirsch and redcurrant jelly, leading to suggestions of ripe, juicy blackberries, violets, star anise and iron ore with a faint waft of dried mint. The medium to full-bodied palate is an exercise in elegance, delivering a quiet intensity of pure, energetic red and black berry layers with gorgeous floral and mineral sparks, framed by perfectly ripe, finely pixilated tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with epic length and the most breathtaking perfume. Simply mind-blowing. 2027 - 2060

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (End of May), May 2021

There are some beautifully fragrant floral aromatics here with concentration through the mid palate and effortless balance. A little more width and opulence in the 2019 perhaps, but here you get precision and purity, and a feeling of 2010 levels of concentration. An elegant 2020, bright, confident, bursting with life. 70% new oak. A yield of 39hl/ha. 3.67pH. Gravel and clay soils, and to keep freshness they left crop cover on the old vines but on the young ploughed it into the soil so as not to have too much competition for the water. Lowered canopy also but kept shade and leaves around the bunches to protect from the sun. Picked early morning from 7am to noon, harvest of Merlot September 4 to 17, and the Cabernet Franc on September 21 and 30.

Drinking Window 2027 - 2043

Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2021

Deep ruby colour. The nose is bursting with succulent blue fruit, accented with notes of violet and savoury spice. The palate is chalky, rich and full of structure - this is a muscular 2020. Bold blue and red fruit form the intense fruit core but the plentiful, chewy tannins immediately form a powerful structure that perist through to the finish. The result is a wine of real texture - the brilliance is that despite their power all the tannin is ripe and fine grained. This is sweet and savoury in equal measure, and a real vin de garde. It will need at least 10 years in bottle before broaching, but should be one of the longer lived wines of the vintage.

Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, June 2021

(87% M, 13% CF; 39hl/ha; 14% ABV; 70% new)
Plump and black-fruit mulberry-rich to smell; a full-bodied, but very elegant balance, with noticabley fresh acidity and very fine-grained tannin; rich, dense, vivid wine, its generosity well-defined by its freshness, both plush and close-grained in texture, it’s ripe black fruit mineral-marked, and very aromatic to finish. A beautifully poised wine, of great complexity, continuing the recent move to a slightly richer, denser style, and this has a lovely sense of completeness from start to finish. Another 2020 that is “classic” in the best sense(s). 2032–30+.

Michael Schuster, The World of Fine Wine, May 2021
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