A wine where you feel everything stepping up a level, a clear 2009 profile in terms of fruit density and the flatteringly succulent tannins. It continues the more muscular feel that we have seen at La Conseillante over the past few vintages, but it absolutely delivers the classical balance that so many of us love this estate for. It is rich and ripe, with a striking fresh mint and chargrilled oak character on the tight finish that adds a layer of complexity to the fleshy raspberry fruit. 3.65pH, 75% new oak. Bottled in late May 2017. Read more
A wine where you feel everything stepping up a level, a clear 2009 profile in terms of fruit density and the flatteringly succulent tannins. It continues the more muscular feel that we have seen at La Conseillante over the past few vintages, but it absolutely delivers the classical balance that so many of us love this estate for. It is rich and ripe, with a striking fresh mint and chargrilled oak character on the tight finish that adds a layer of complexity to the fleshy raspberry fruit. 3.65pH, 75% new oak. Bottled in late May 2017.
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.
Newly-arrived Technical Director Marielle Cazaux turned out a jewel of a wine at La Conseillante in 2015, her debut vintage. A polished and super-sophisticated Pomerol, La Conseillante is all class. Precise, lifted aromatics make a strong first impression, but it is the wine's overall feel and sense of harmony that truly dazzle. Over the last two years, the 2015 seems to have gained in freshness, precision and nuance. What a wine! The blend is 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Don't' miss it.
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.
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.
Lithe and limber florals and sweet, lusciously ripe berries seduce your tongue with a sensuous and velvety feel. Blending 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc produced a wine that reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.7. The harvest took place from September 21 to October 7. The key to this vintage was the parcel selection.
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.
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.—J.M.
- Producer: Château la Conseillante
- Varietal: Merlot Cabernet Franc Malbec
- Region: Bordeaux
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Net volume: 750ml
- Vintage: 2015
Style GuideLight Intense
La Conseillante, a unique signature Though the name La Conseillante first appeared 300 years ago, its acquisition by the Nicolas Family in 1871 marked a pivotal moment in the property's history. Since 2003, Bertrand and Jean-Valmy Nicolas, now in their fifth generation, have presided over La Conseillante, upholding the legacy of excellence set by their forebears. Guided by a dedicated team under the leadership of Marielle Cazaux, they make deliberate choices to continually enhance purity and precision, all the while safeguarding the wine's intrinsic identity—a hallmark characterized by finesse, equilibrium, and a luxuriously velvety texture. What sets La Conseillante apart is its unique location. Its vineyards extend not only across the Pomerol plateau but also venture into the Saint-Emilion area. Encompassing 12 hectares (almost 30 acres), the estate boasts a diverse range of soil types, from clay soils in the northeast to gravelly soils in the southwest.