Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol 2018
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. Purchased by Louis Nicolas in 1871, it has remained in his family’s ownership ever since. 11.8 hectares planted 83% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc. Always consistent and reliable, quality has been further improved in recent years by the production of a second wine – Duo de la Conseillante. 2018 is talented wine-maker Marielle Cazaux’s 4th vintage. The yield was 32 hl/ha which means that about 4000 cases will be produced. Elevage in 70% new oak, 27% older oak and 3% in amphora.
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WINE TASTING NOTES
The 2018 La Conseillante was picked from 19 September to 1 October for the Merlot, the Cabernet Franc on 4 October, at 32hL/ha. It has the highest IPT recorded at the property. Tasting the final blend that Marielle Cazaux assembled in June, it is adorned with a gorgeous bouquet of copious black cherries, cassis, crushed violets and mineral aromas. It is supremely well focused and delineated. The palate is powerful for sure with almost burly tannins that lacquer the mouth. There is great depth here, with very expressive Cabernet Franc towards the slightly tertiary finish. This is a long-term prospect so don’t be afraid to cellar it for several years. Drink 2024-2050.
Score: 95/97 Neal Martin, November 2019