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78% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc. This is the highest proportion of Cab Franc that they have put in for more than 20 years, simply because it is so good this year. The result is fantastic. There is a lovely freshness, a herbal, eucalyptus note which adds a piquancy to the lovely deep, purple fruit. There is a lovely gently gripping suedey feel here, an almost chalky, dusty minerality - but the plump fruit sits perfectly in this frame. Aromatic and joyous Pomerol. Sadly this is Jean-Michel Laporte's last vintage here, and he has made the wine, but someone else will 'finish' over the next 2 years - we hope they can preserve the super effort so far. Rating: 94 L&S (Mar 2015)
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Winemaker Jean-Michel Laporte pits this between the style of 2006 and 2012. Shy at present but with freshness and elegance. Long and linear. Maturation will hopefully add a little more volume. (Highly Recommended Pomerol, Decanter.) Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 Rating: 90+ James Lawther MW, decanter.com (May 2015)
The Château La Conseillante 2014 is a blend of 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, picked from 23 September to 2 October and 29 September until 6 October respectively at 35 hectoliters per hectare. There was just 2.5% vin de presse and the Grand Vin represents 88% of the total production this year. As you would expect, there is far more fruit intensity on the nose compared to the Duo, with dry tobacco-infused red and black fruit, hints of Provençal herb and black truffle - very Pomerol in style. The palate delivers the class. Supple in the mouth, very well judged acidity, poised and long, the Cabernet Franc drives this along and elevates the finish in terms of complexity. There are light spices entering the fray towards the finish that is feminine and nuanced with lovely salinity on the aftertaste that will urge you to take another sip. I was admittedly a little underwhelmed by the deuxième vin this year, but the grand vin makes up for it. It is another great Pomerol from ever-congenial winemaker Jean-Michel Laporte and his team. Drinking range: 2018 - 2035 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
The 2014 La Conseillante is nicely supple and layered in the glass, with distinct cherry pit, plum, rose petal, wild flowers and subtle hints of spice are woven together in an open-knit, expressive Conseillante that is likely to start drinking well relatively early. The finish is decidedly silky and open-knit. The 2014 is quite pretty, but at this stage it is also lacking a bit in body. The blend is 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, with the Franc a bit higher than the 15-18% that is more typical. Rating: 90-93 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Apr 2015)
Château La Conseillante
Château la Conseillante’s origins lay in an estate called Domaine de Mautretat that was broken up in the early years of the 18th Century with reverend gentleman called M. Léglise purchasing the part that became Château l’Evangile whilst Catherine Conseillan took the other. In 1871 Château la Conseillante was bought by the Nicolas family who own it to this day. With only the addition of a small plot of vines in 2014, the estate has remained the same ever since. The 12ha of vineyard are planted with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyards border Petrus to the north, and one can gaze across l’Evangile and see the vines of Château Cheval Blanc. Indeed, a small part of la Conseillante’s vineyard strays across into St Emilion, but is included in the main Pomerol cuvée. Château la Conseillante is a well-executed balancing act marrying tradition with modernity, something exemplified by the new cellar that opened in 2012.
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