Château La Conseillante 2015
With its striking violet hued capsule and elegant label, Château La Conseillante is a Pomerol producer that can captivate on looks alone. It is regarded as one of the finest producers in Pomerol, with top tier neighbors like Château Pétrus and Château Cheval Blanc. Château La Conseillante is a consistently excellent wine that has the rare aroma of violets. The label of this beautiful bottle is an homage to this striking aroma that is unique to this estate and the precious terroir it rests upon. Without a doubt, Château La Conseillante is one of the jewels of the Right Bank, hosting enough delicate complexity to please any Pomerol lover.
The history of Château La Conseillante is a rich and lengthy one. It is one of the oldest estates in Pomerol and was founded by Catherine Conseillan. Catherine was known as, “the Iron Lady,” and was a formidable force in the wine industry. It was Catherine Conseillan who created the 12-hectare property, choosing only the choicest parcels upon the Catusseau plateau. She named the property after a feminized version of her last name, and thus Château La Conseillante was born. The estate changed hands numerous times until it was acquired by the Nicolas family in 1871. Louis Nicolas was a prominent force in Pomerol, he created the Pomerol Wine Grower’s union to help launch the smaller appellation’s trajectory as a wine producing region. Amazingly enough, the Nicolas family still owns the property. They approach the land with reverence, believing that each line of vignerons should have the same goal: to preserve the land and pass it on to the next generation.
Creating the grand vin at La Conseillante was a family run operation until 2001, when they hired the hardworking and talented Jean-Michel Laporte to tend to the vines and create the grand vin. Jean-Michel made the decision to bring on Michel Rolland to consult at the property. Marielle Cazaux is currently the managing director and winemaker at Château La Conseillante, and she brings her extensive knowledge from Château Petit-Village to this esteemed property.
Château La Conseillante was the first producer on the Right Bank to vinify in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. The vat room was renovated in 2011, with 22 new areal concrete tanks an additional underground concrete vat. The vineyard is a mosaic of different clay soils, ranging from shades of red, grey, and the famous blue clay associated with Château Pétrus. Vines of Merlot and Cabernet Franc thrive within this mixture of clays and are 35 years old. If one is fortunate enough to visit this beautiful estate, they will find the majority of the Cabernet Franc vines are planted on more graveled soils, closer to Château Cheval Blanc.
If the wine of Château La Conseillante could be boiled down to one word, it would be, “elegance.” Though it does require a few years in bottle, one does not have to wait long. It is truly a perfect wine for those who favor a Pomerol with plenty of finesse.
"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." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (2/21/2018), Ratings: 96+, Drink: 2022-2047
"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." - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (4/27/2016), Ratings: 95-97, Drink: 2021-2045
"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.
This tiny, yet brilliantly run estate covers 11.8 hectares of sandy, gravely soils located between Vieux Château Certain, Château L’Evangile, and Cheval Blanc. Managed by the talented and vivacious Marielle Cazaux, they produce one of the most exotic, perfumed, and elegant wines of the appellation, yet it never lacks for fruit and/or texture. Harvest is all by hand and done block by block, the grapes are fermented in concrete tanks, and the wine spends roughly 18 months in 70% new French oak, from a number of different coopers including Seguin-Moreau, Taransaud, Baron, and Darnajou. Production is around 3,200 cases. While all of the recent vintages showed beautifully, I suspect the 2016 will be the finest wine to date from this estate." - Jeb Dunnuck, (11/30/2017), Ratings: 96, Drink: 2020-2040
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