1997 La Conseillante
By Chateau La Conseillante
1997 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The 1997 vintage in Bordeaux was one marked by a series of climatic challenges, leading to wines that have often been overlooked in favour of their more illustrious neighbours from sunnier years. Yet, it is precisely this underdog status that makes the 1997 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante a particularly interesting prospect for fine wine investors and enthusiasts alike.
A Vintage Defining Adaptability and Skill
The early rains and cooler growing season of 1997 didn’t quite promise the abundant ripeness that Bordeaux fanatics yearn for, but the mercurial beauty of this vintage lies in the hands of skilful vignerons who navigated these hurdles with aplomb. Chateau La Conseillante’s team’s precise selection and vinification techniques ensured that their flagship offering retained the estate's signature elegance and balance despite nature's vagaries.
Complexity and Savoir-Faire in the Glass
In the glass, the 1997 La Conseillante speaks of delicate complexity — a narrative of a challenging season turned to advantage by sagacious craftsmanship. Here you find a refined mélange of matured plum and blackcurrant notes tinged with earthy undertones of truffle and damp earth, hallmark traits of Pomerol finesse. The palate reveals a tapestry woven with seamless tannins and a persistent, albeit understated, fruit presence leading to a graceful finish.
This is not a wine that shouts; instead, it beckons the connoisseur with whispers of subtlety — a testament to the fact that even in less-celebrated vintages, gems like the 1997 La Conseillante shine through. It encapsulates an essential lesson for investors: greatness needs not be synonymous with typicality or power.
In Summary: A Worthy Contender for Diversifying Collections
The 1997 La Conseillante thus emerges as an astute addition to any diversified fine wine portfolio. It represents not only the pinnacle of Pomerol’s artistry in difficult vintages but also serves as an intriguing counterpoint to richer, more opulent years. Its mature charm is ready for appreciation now, making it a smart choice for those looking to enjoy the fruits of their investment in the nearer term.
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Scores and tasting notes
Dark ruby-colored, with lavish, high quality toasty new oak intermixed with black raspberry fruit, this open-knit, medium-bodied, complex wine changes quickly in the glass, revealing smoky, mocha-infused notes. Although not massive, it is sexy, charming, and fruity -- in short, a typical La Conseillante. Consume it over the next 10-12 years. This wine has put on considerable weight since it was tasted last year.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 20 April 2000