2000 La Conseillante
By Chateau La Conseillante
2000 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The millennium vintage of Bordeaux requires no introduction to the savvy investor, yet the 2000 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante stands as a paragon deserving of particular mention. In the pantheon of Pomerol excellence, this vintage carries its pedigree with an exceptional bouquet and poised structure.
A Millennium Marvel: The Vintage Of A Lifetime
The turn of the century brought forth a growing season that seemed penned by Mother Nature with reverence for viticulture. With a harmonious climate, ample sunshine and just enough rainfall to coax the vines into optimal growth without stress, 2000 yielded grapes that translated into wines of profound depth and longevity. In the case of Chateau La Conseillante, the Merlot's quintessential plum and blackberry notes are ever so elegantly framed by the Cabernet Franc's floral and spicy whispers. The 2000 vintage exudes a sublime balance that entwines fruit, tannin, and acidity in a seamless dance.
Investment Grade Elegance
What makes the 2000 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante an astute choice for the investor is its commendable evolution potential. Firm yet silken tannins promise further integration over time, hinting at a wine that has yet to unfurl fully despite its already complex narrative. Moreover, this exemplary vintage continues to captivate with its dark ruby hue, nearly two decades on—a testament to superb vinification and cellar-worthy craftsmanship. As such, this offering represents not just a sensorial delight but also a tangible asset in any diversified wine portfolio.
The allure of the 2000 La Conseillante is manifold—a tapestry of aromatic intricacy and a palate both rich and graciously ageing. This investment-calibre Pomerol immortalises a climatically blessed vintage into liquid history; deeply woven with the merit of time it's one to cherish now and anticipate further over time. For those looking to enhance their collection with a crowning jewel of Bordeaux's right bank, this vintage endures as one of de rigueur acquisition.
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Scores and tasting notes
La Conseillante made an excellent wine in 2001, another great one in 2005, and the estate hit home runs in both 2008 and, above all, in 2009. In fact, the latter vintage may well end up being the modern-day reference point for La Conseillante. Nevertheless, there’s a lot to be said for this 2000. An elegant, gentle style that is never a blockbuster, the 2000 La Conseillante has a deep ruby/plum/purple color and an unbelievably expressive nose of sweet kirsch liqueur intermixed with raspberries, incense, toast, and licorice. Full-bodied yet ethereal in the sense that it seems to combine power along with eloquence and delicacy, this is a beautifully pure wine that has just hit its plateau of full maturity, although ideally I think it would benefit strongly from another 4-5 years of bottle age and drink well for two to three decades.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010