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2015 La Conseillante

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2015 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux

A sojourn into the revered terroir of Pomerol is incomplete without a gracious nod to the 2015 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante – a vintage that is talked of in hushed tones among oenophiles and seasoned investors alike. The 2015 offering embraces the quintessence of this illustrious estate, captivated in a year when Bordeaux flourished under near-idyllic conditions.

 

A Study in Elegance: The 2015 Vintage

It may be said that 2015 was kissed by providence, with weather patterns that constituted a vigneron's daydream. This was a year where measured sunshine and well-timed rains culminated in a harvest that enabled the fullest expression of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Combined with the winemaker's deft touch, it yielded a vintage at once concentrated, poised and unmistakably Pomerolean.

The subtleties of the 2015 La Conseillante charm initially with an olfactory tapestry woven with aromas of ripe blackberries, plum compote and hints of violets and liquorice. On the palate, one is welcomed by an ensemble of opulent flavours enveloped in a rich yet refreshing structure; a testament to its ageing potential. Tannins — both gentle and precise — glide alongside notes of dark chocolat, promising further complexity in times to come. Indeed, it holds as much allure for the collector as it does for the connoisseur seeking immediate pleasure.

 

A Vintage Suited for Investment

The pedigree of Chateau La Conseillante itself augurs well for investment consideration, but it is this exemplary 2015 vintage that shines as a beacon for those looking to enrich their portfolio. Its sophisticated equilibrium and ageing capacity echo an assurance for both enjoyable drinking spans and valuable cellaring trajectories.

In sum, the 2015 La Conseillante is a collector’s artefact that continues to affirm its place within the investment echelons. It is a rare gem that not only delights the senses with its harmonious composition but also reassures investors with its enduring appeal and potential for accruement in value over time.

Current market price

$2,980.00

12x75cl

Highest score

97

POP score

105.29

Scores and tasting notes

96-97

This is the most powerful La Conseillante I have tasted with lots of muscle and intensity. Full and savory. Chewy. Agile and formed. Beautiful ripe fruit in the center palate. This is a little pushed to the limit like the great Conseillants of the 1960s and 1970s.

James Suckling - jamessuckling.com

96

Composed of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc and aged for 18 months in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak, the medium garnet-purple colored 2015 La Conseillante opens with reticent, earthy notes of dusty soil, garrigue, forest floor and iron ore with a core of warm plums, cassis, cigar boxes, star anise and dark chocolate plus a hint of violets. Medium to full-bodied with decadent fruit and a gorgeous plushness to the texture, the palate features impeccable poise and compelling depth, finishing on a lingering mineral note.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 21 February 2018

95-97

The 2015 La Conseillante, a blend of 81% Merlot and 19% Cabernet Franc, is extraordinarily pure and elegant on the nose. Here, I find a little more red fruit than black fruit, extremely elegant and articulating the terroir with great clarity. At first, wild strawberry and cranberry, then crushed stone, a touch of black truffle and tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied, fresh and elegant with fine tannin on the entry. This is one of the most approachable La Conseillante wines that I have tasted in barrel, the acidity very well judged, "classic" in style, good backbone here with a structured finish. It does not quite possess the bravura of the 2010 La Conseillante and I would agree with winemaker Marielle Cazaux that it bears more semblances to the 2005 La Conseillante at this stage, and even bore common traits with its neighbour, Vieux Château Certan. This is an intellectual and to put it prosaically, "delicious" La Conseillante.

Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com, #224, April 2016

93-96

Lush notes of dark fig, boysenberry and blackberry pâte de fruit glide over ample but velvety tannins, with suave black tea and ganache accents. This is long and should be gorgeous when finished.—J.M.

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - winespectator.com

93

There’s less of a gap in quality between the Grand Vin and the second wine (Duo) in 2015, partly because the latter is so good, but also because this is just a little OTT. Serious, tannic and quite extracted with a hint of jammyness on the finish. Needs a polish in barrel. Drink: 2022-30

Tim Atkin - timatkin.com

17.5

81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Picked 21 September - 7 October. 70% new oak. Direct, savoury nose. New winemaker wants to keep the aromas of Conseillante but they want to add a little more grip. Sweet and fresh with some tea leaf aromas. The oak tannins are just perceptible but it should all calm down. Definitely quite grippy now!

Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com

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