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La Conseillante 2015

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

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Tasting Notes

The 2015 La Conseillante has a refined bouquet with red currant, wild strawberry and rose petal aromas, beautifully defined and unfurling in the glass. A hint of black truffle emerges with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple black cherry fruit, cassis and boysenberry. Quite "slick" toward the finish suggesting a little more extraction than its peers that smothers the mineralité I noted in the vertical last spring. But it is supremely well balanced and it should mature with style. I have encountered better bottles but it remains a great Pomerol. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019

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. Try in 2022.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018

Composed of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 La Conseillante opens with reticent, earthy notes of dusty soil, garrigue, forest floor and iron ore with a core of warm plums, cassis, cigar boxes, star anise and dark chocolate plus a hint of violets. Medium to full-bodied with decadent fruit and a gorgeous plushness to the texture, the palate features impeccable poise and compelling depth, finishing on a lingering mineral note. 2022 - 2047

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

Tasted blind. Really appetising and cool and fresh. Everything in its place. Sumptuous. Very serious for the long term but already delivering pleasure. Lovely pure finish. Several tasters remarked how much better this tasted than en primeur.
Drink 2022-2050

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019

Mid crimson with ruby rim. Seductive aroma of dark-red fruits, a hint of violets, and the scent carries through onto the palate, where the tannins are super-smooth but compact. A long, complete wine. (JH) 14.5%
Drink 2024-2040

Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, November 2017

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 production of a second wine - Duo de la Conseillante. This is made from the less well situated vines near to Beauregard and represents 25% of the crop in 2015. The grand vin was made from 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc by new wine-maker Marielle Cazaux and is being matured in 70% new oak. Deep purple colour. Charred barbecue and black cherry on the nose. This is perfumed with violets and cherry blossom as we have come to expect from La Conseillante, but there is a firm tannic structure that brings a muscular, robust layer that shows a slight change in style. Intense violet and blueberry fruit are framed by these tannins and are supported by hints of camphor and incense. A complex, spicy and yet still pure La Conseillante. Impressive.

Farr Vintners, March 2016

Reminding me of the 2009, the 2015 La Conseillante is more overt and sexy compared to the 2016, offering a huge nose of mulled black fruits, spring flowers, chocolate and gravely/clay-like earthiness. This is a full-bodied, complex, elegant and layered 2015 that has a singular character and the class to drink well for 20-25 years. 2020 - 2040

Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017

The nose has concentrated richness the start of the palate power with depth of black fruits. Rich ripe black plum on the mid palate is backed by firmer fresher black cherry layers of complex flavours. Meaty and rich at the back supple and velvety the finish has power and depth. 2025-40

Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016

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.
Drink: 2022-30

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016

A very dense and more focussed wine than in the past, the wider shoulders and more grip mean that this is going to be
a longer-lived wine with more potential glory in the future. This is a highly perfumed La Conseillante with more size and
power and yet there is no exoticism here, just deep, dark concentration. Fabulously strict and tense, very long and noble
this is a quietly confident and very centred wine without a trace of boastfulness or front. I was transfixed with this wine,
finding is rather amazing and it just started to open up as I swirled vigorously with magical fruit peaking over the rim
of the glass.

Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016
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The 2015 La Conseillante has a sophisticated bouquet with pure, mineral-driven red fruit laced with truffle and minerals. There is a subtle floral tincture to this La Conseillante, quite feminine and almost understated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very harmonious and supple in the mouth yet there is a superb structure underneath, while the finish feels pixelated. There is a faint semblance to the 2016 Clinet this year, although I suspect this will need longer to reach its peak. This is a great wine from winemaker Marielle Cazaux. Anticipated maturity: 2024 - 2045.

Neal Martin, March 2018

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. Drink 2021-2045.

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 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.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016

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! 14.5%
Drink 2026-2040

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016
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