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La Conseillante 2014

Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Franc

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Tasting Notes

Classical elegance in an uncompromising form, whereby the richness is beautifully interwoven with the dry tannins. The finish very long, savory and complex. A lot of delicate spicy and olive notes make this really complex.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2017

The 2014 La Conseillante has a well-defined bouquet with brambly red berry fruit, minerals, touches of seaweed and light incense aromas that develop fine intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. This Pomerol is very well poised with perfectly judged acidity. Whilst not a match for Titans like the 1989 or 2010, this La Conseillante possesses nuance and sophistication, a precision that does justice to the name. It should be earlier-drinking that other vintages that I have tasted, though given the terroir and track record, it would not surprise me if it gives 25 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted twice with consistent notes. Drink 2019-2040.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (Interim En), April 2017

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. Drink: 2018 - 2035

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (218), April 2015

Wow. This really kick in here with lots of subtle yet fresh fruit and a chewy and long finish. Muscular and long with a wonderful elegance. The winemaker says the cabernet franc gives the style and structure here. And he's right.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2015

The 2014 La Conseillante is a pretty wine, but it is also a bit light in the context of the vintage. Sweet floral notes, exotic spice and bright red-toned fruit are nicely pushed forward. As always, La Conseillante is one of the most delicate and elegant of Pomerols. Still, tasting the 2014 and 2013 side by side reveals a relatively small difference between the vintages, and certainly a smaller difference than most of the neighboring properties. Whether that is a function of the land or the result of winemaking decisions is the kind of question that will provide fascination for many years. Even so, this should age nicely.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2017
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Tasted blind. Floral vegy nose. Rather austere on the nose. Masses of acidity. Some greenness.
Drink 2023-2035

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2018

Dark , healthy crimson. Intense, robust fruit with a sort of Pontet-Canet kind of chunkiness. Tannins are not the smoothest. Full marks for drama but not for subtlety.
Drink 2024-2036

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2015

Fabulously situated alongside Cheval Blanc and L'Evangile, this property has a long track record of making outstanding wine that is never forced or over-extracted. Always consistent and reliable. Quality has been further improved in recent years by the the production of a second wine - Duo de la Conseillante. The Grand Vin is made from 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc in 75% new oak with a yield of 35hl/ha. Medium-deep ruby. A pure and aromatic cherry nose with smoky tobacco and fresh graphite notes. There is a lovely intensity to the ripe palate which has a sweet, juicy entry. Ripe blue and red fruits are complemented by classy French oak giving a creamy textured mouthfeel. Silky smooth tannins and layered complexity, with classic Conseillante style. Lovely length and perfect balance. Very impressive.

Farr Vintners, March 2015

Charming and silky, this could stand in for a Chambolle-Musigny, with blood orange and damson plum coulis notes hitting a slightly higher pitch before turning to darker plum and black cherry flavors. Gorgeous floral and rooibos tea details fill in on the long, suave finish. A graceful version that will be hard to lay off, though capable of handling cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2035. 3,235 cases made.

James Molesworth, WineSpectator.com, February 2017

The nose has a mix of black fruits some fresh bramble backed by richer black cherry the palate is sweet and ripe, fleshy and supple in the middle, the fruit supported by fine tannins. Rich and sweet fruited at the back depth of flavour the finish stylish long with lingering flavours. 2022-35

Derek Smedley MW, April 2015

Jean-Michel Laporte's last vintage at this impressive Pomerol property is one of the best he's ever made. It's all about perfume and finesse, with deftly used (75% new) oak, granular tannins, and acidity adding freshness and definition. Sappy and refined, this has more tannin than you think.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2015
Decanter Magazine, April 2015
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