2010 Bordeaux – Top Pomerol – La Conseillante and ‘Le Petit Lion’

by Charles Lea

This afternoon has seen the release of Vieux Château Certan 2010, in such limited volumes that we will struggle to fulfil existing orders. L’Evangile is also now sold out. However its release was swiftly followed by that of another wine which all the critics rated incredibly highly, namely La Conseillante.

Jean-Michel Laporte of La Conseillante

Under its dynamic manager Jean-Michel Laporte, La Conseillante has made huge strides in quality in recent vintages, and has gathered base of loyal fans – for good reason. This is expensive, but if you want a top Pomerol in this excellent Pomerol vintage, with notes like these La Conseillante represents good value in relative terms:-

94 (L&S)
17 (Jancis Robinson MW OBE (www.jancisrobinson.com))
95 – 98 (Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate)
94 – 96 (Neal Martin’s Wine Journal, erobertparker.com)
94 – 97 (James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator)
97 – 98 (James Suckling, jamessuckling.com)
*****18.5 (James Lawther MW, decanter.com)
17.5-18.5/20 (Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com)
97 (Tim Atkin MW)

Back in Saint Julien, the second wine of Léoville las Cases, Le Petit Lion, the name of which celebrates the lion arch into the Las Cases vineyard which is a landmark on the road between Saint Julien and Chateau Latour – no doubt the Grand Vin will also be released soon.

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