2002 La Conseillante
By Chateau La Conseillante
2002 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux, France
Rare is the vintage which defies the odds set by nature's capriciousness. The 2002 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante—a year noted for its challenges across Bordeaux—does so with an elegance that commands respect. A true testament to the mettle of Pomerol's terroir, this wine captures the very essence of resilience translated into a bottle.
A Vintage Distinct by Mother Nature's Whimsy
The season was beset by inclement weather, leading up to a harvest that would see only the finest producers prevail. The 2002 La Conseillante stands as a beacon among them, showcasing the capability of Chateau La Conseillante's vineyard management and meticulous vinification process. It is an exquisite example of why investors hold the vintage in such high esteem: a challenging year that has yielded unexpected triumphs.
Character and Composition: The Soul of 2002
In the glass, one finds an intimate arrangement of dark berry compote enlaced with delicate truffles and whispers of violet—an olfactory collage emblematic of its Pomerol pedigree. On the palate, this merlot-dominated blend deftly balances concentration with finesse; robust yet pleasantly surprise with fresh acidity. Even now, two decades on, it confidently displays a tannic structure that intimates further potential for ageing.
The investment savvy will note that this vintage maintains a particularly intriguing proposition. While it may not flaunt the universal acclaim of its neighbouring years, therein lies its allure—the 2002 La Conseillante offers collectors an opportunity to diversify portfolios with a sleeper hit from an oft-overlooked year.
For those who seek to splendour in the terroirs of Bordeaux, the 2002 La Conseillante presents itself as a compelling testimonial to Pomerol's fortitude and elegance. A sophisticated addition to any connoisseur’s repertoire or investment portfolio, it dances between grace and power—a bespoke emblem of its extraordinary origins.
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Scores and tasting notes
Austere, lean, light-bodied, and lacking concentration as well as depth, the 2002 is a pleasant, picnic-styled Pomerol to consume over the next 5-6 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 28 April 2005