2003 La Conseillante
By Chateau La Conseillante
2003 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
The year 2003 is one of those vintages that shall forever echo through the annals of Bordeaux history, a sweltering summer that pushed the vines of Pomerol to their limits. It is my pleasure to share reflections on the 2003 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante - a wine that not only survived the heatwave but thrived within it.
An Emblem of Resilience and Elegance
As investors well know, high temperatures and drought conditions have often tested the fortitude of Bordeaux's terroirs. However, Chateau La Conseillante's standing as one of Pomerol's paragons is reinforced by how gracefully its 2003 vintage blossomed under duress. The estate’s deep-rooted vines tapped into the moisture retained in Pomerol's clay soils, resulting in grapes that achieved remarkable concentration.
A Vintage Dancing on the Edge
The essence of the 2003 La Conseillante emerges like a well-choreographed ballet performed under a scorching spotlight. It unfolds with a bouquet of ripe black cherries and plums; an opulent prelude to hints of truffle and warm earth that encapsulate Pomerol's soulful terroir. The palate reveals an intense profile with layers of dark fruit, balanced by supple tannins and a whisper of oak - a nod to expert vinification that tempered the vintage’s fiery genesis.
Fine wine connoisseurs and investors alike will appreciate this exemplary illustration of balance – a stellar performance in winemaking adaptability. The structured finesse and ageing potential nestled within each bottle presents an undeniable lure for those seeking to enrich their cellars with a classically robust yet deftly nuanced gem.
In conclusion, my sojourn amidst the bottles of 2003 La Conseillante confirms its position as one worthy of attention for those discerning investors drawn towards Bordeaux's illustrious Pomerol appellation. Depth, complexity and resilience coalesce in this vintage, offering a testament to the estate's venerable crafting. A notable acquisition for any portfolio; the 2003 La Conseillante shines as one of Pomerol's distinguished creations from a year marked by triumph over adversity.
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Scores and tasting notes
La Conseillante’s 2003 is better than expected given the sandy, gravelly soils of this sector of Pomerol, which did not fare well in this vintage. Sweet raspberry fruit intermixed with licorice, incense and a touch of herbs are followed by a medium-bodied, fully mature, ripe wine to enjoy over the next 3-4 years.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 27 August 2014