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It was probably unfortunate for Conseillante that we had come from VCC - and it suffers by the comparison. 19% Cabernet Franc, the rest Merlot, a very similar mix to VCC, but here there is a sense that they may have waited too long - it lacks a bit of freshness and zip, and the tasting is dominated by a sweet oak middle, which then dries rather harshly on the finish. Good but we'd hoped for more. Rating: 91-92 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Aromas of tar, black olive skin and blackberries follow through to a full body. Ultra-fine tannins and a long, linear finish with super intensity. Well-crafted in every sense. A fabulous Pomerol for the future. Drinking range: 2022 - Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
There’s less of a gap in quality between the Grand Vin and the second wine (Duo) in 2015, partly because the latter is so good, but also because this is just a little OTT. Serious, tannic and quite extracted with a hint of jammyness on the finish. Needs a polish in barrel. Drinking range: 2022 - 2030 Rating: 93 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(May 2016)
A new winemaker and the style tweaked a little in 2015. Fragrant nose but richer and denser with the tannic structure more assertive. Good attack and mid-palate but fit finishes on a slightly dry, grainy note. May improve in barrel. Drinking range: 2024 - 2035 Rating: 91 James Lawther MW, decanter.com(Apr 2016)
81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Picked 21 September - 7 October. 70% new oak. Direct, savoury nose. New winemaker wants to keep the aromas of Conseillante but they want to add a little more grip. Sweet and fresh with some tea leaf aromas. The oak tannins are just perceptible but it should all calm down. Definitely quite grippy now! Drinking range: 2026 - 2040 Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
Marianne Cazaux, not long arrived from Château Petit Village, has settled on an assemblage of 81% Merlot, picked between September 21st and October 2nd, and 19% Cabernet Franc, picked from October 1st to the 7th. The yield was 39 hl/ha, and of this 75% has been channelled into the grand vin. This will go into 70% new oak. The alcohol is 14.5%. This is really very classically styled on the nose, a very pure style of Pomerol, with tense, fine and tightly defined dark fruits, overlaid with a minerally, potter's clay character. It is dark, fresh and very pure, poised, quite bright and correct. There is a very tense, medium-bodied character to it on the palate, with a very supple and succulent midpalate presence, with great freshness and poise. There is firm, ripe, very taut and sinewy tannins underneath it all, with great substance and depth laid over the top. On repeat tastes there are more oaky lactones apparent, but the raw material beneath is tip-top. Impressive. Rating: 17.5-18.5/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Conseillante, a blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, is extraordinarily pure and elegant on the nose. Here, I find a little more red fruit than black fruit, extremely elegant and articulating the terroir with great clarity. At first, wild strawberry and cranberry, then crushed stone, a touch of black truffle and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and elegant with fine tannin on the entry. This is one of the most approachable La Conseillante wines that I have tasted in barrel, the acidity very well judged, "classic" in style, good backbone here with a structured finish. It does not quite possess the bravura of the 2010 La Conseillante and I would agree with winemaker Marielle Cazaux that it bears more semblances to the 2005 La Conseillante at this stage, and even bore common traits with its neighbour, Vieux Château Certan. This is an intellectual and to put it prosaically, "delicious" La Conseillante. Drinking range: 2021 - 2045 Rating: 95-97 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
This is the most powerful La Conseillante I have tasted with lots of muscle and intensity. Full and savory. Chewy. Agile and formed. Beautiful ripe fruit in the center palate. This is a little pushed to the limit like the great Conseillants of the 1960s and 1970s. Rating: 96-97 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Apr 2016)
Lush notes of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit glide over ample but velvety tannins, with suave black tea and ganache accents. This is long and should be gorgeous when finished. Rating: 93—96 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
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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