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La Conseillante 1990

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

This deep ruby/garnet-hued 1990 reveals considerable amber at the edge as well as a knock-out bouquet of cedar, kirsch, licorice, roasted herbs, and spice box. An exuberant, atypically flamboyant effort, it possesses supple texture, medium to full body, sweet fruit, plenty of glycerin, and attractive melted tannin. This wine has been delicious since birth, but additional nuances continue to develop in the bottle. Drink it over the next decade.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (183), June 2009

This is the second time in a week that I have had this, and it seems read to go. Mature aromas of spice, animal, berry and earth follow through to a medium to full body with soft tannins and a medium finish. Slightly dry at the finish but it's an outstanding bottle.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, April 2007
Group Tasting, Blind 1990 Tasting, September 2000
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One of the all-time great La Conseillantes, this wine, which to me has similarities to a grand cru Burgundy from the likes of Henri Jayer, still has a deep ruby/purple color and an exotic, even flamboyant bouquet of vanilla, kirsch liqueur, raspberries, licorice, and Asian spice. Full-bodied, very opulent, with low acidity, yet consistently a velvety-textured, full-bodied mouthful, this endearing, very seductive wine clearly demonstrated why Pomerols are often called the “Burgundies of Bordeaux.” The wine still seems surprisingly youthful despite its accessibility, and should continue to develop for up to another 10-15 years.

Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (4), December 2003
Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book (3), November 1998

In this recent blind tasting, the 1990 triumphed over what seemed to be the slightly subdued, more tightly knit, atypically backward 1989. The 1990 was exhibiting all of its charms, with its deep ruby color, and flamboyant display of toasty new oak, black-cherries, raspberries, kirsch, licorice, and Asian spices. Velvety-textured, supple, sexy, and easy to drink, the low acid 1990 La Conseillante is about as seductive a wine as readers will ever encounter. It admirably demonstrates why Pomerols are often called the Burgundies of Bordeaux. As flamboyant as the 1990 is, it remains youthful, in spite of its low acid, precocious showing. While it can be drunk now, it will continue to develop for another 12-20 years.

The 1989 and 1990 wines represent La Conseillante's quintessential smooth as silk style, which often leads consumers to believe the wines will not last. I remember feeling the same way about the 1982 (which never tasted as stunning as either the 1989 or 1990). That wine continues to get better and better. One of the unexplainable facts of Bordeaux wine drinking is that even the softer, delicious, up-front wines can age impeccably when well-stored. Owners of the 1989 and 1990 La Conseillantes should not hesitate to enjoy them now, as well as over the next 20 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (109), February 1997

A bit funky but delicious now. Medium-red color with an amber edge. Aromas of ripe berries, earth and saddle leather. Medium-bodied, with spicy flavors, soft tannins and a ripe fruit finish.--1990 Bordeaux retrospective. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.

James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, August 2000
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