2016 La Conseillante
By Chateau La Conseillante
2016 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
In the tapestry of fine Bordeaux, the 2016 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante asserts itself with a command of respect and admiration. The Pomerol region, lauded for its full-bodied Merlots, was particularly blessed in 2016 – a vintage that yielded wines of prodigious structure and longevity. Chateau La Conseillante’s offering from this year encapsulates the fortuitous matrimony of climate and savoir-faire.
Decoding the 2016 Vintage
The growing season for the 2016 vintage in Pomerol saw a wet start, followed by a gloriously warm summer that carried well into an idyllic autumn. This sequence danced a delicate ballet in the vineyards; the early moisture ensuring healthy vines, and later sunshine concentrating flavours to yield a harmonious intensity. The wine proffers a poised equilibrium between robust tannins and sublime freshness; a juxtaposition offering insight into this vintage’s unique narrative.
A Captivating Aromatic Mélange
On the nose, the 2016 La Conseillante unfolds with mesmerising aromas of black cherries, violets, and truffles, laced with an underlying current of graphite that speaks to the celebrated terroir of Pomerol. Inviting and deep, it forges an olfactory promise that is ardently fulfilled on the palate - one of structure born from fine tannins embraced by generous fruit. Beneath these layers lies an elegance, a whisper of minerality aligning itself with exceptional balance that persistently defines this label.
The conclusion on the palate is a lingering symphony; rich yet defined, assertive without overwhelming. This compelling finish underscores the pedigree of this blue-chip investment worthy wine. The 2016 vintage stands out as one not only for pleasure but for the acumen-filled cellars as well.
A Veritable Jewel in Investment Portfolios
Investors with an astute focus on Bordeaux will note that the 2016 La Conseillante is a jewel ripe for inclusion. Poised magnificently at the intersection where indulgent sensory experience meets financial foresight, this Pomerol vintage grants any connoisseur or investor both immediate gratification and confident anticipation of maturation worth its weight in vinous gold.
As we reflect on this captivating release from Chateau La Conseillante, we are reminded that it stands as one of the defining stars of its year - an investment piece to grace both cellar and portfolio alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
This is the greatest Conseillante in modern times. Full body and incredible tannins that are polished and velvety. The texture lasts for minutes. I am speechless. What a young and awe-inspiring wine!
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, April 4th 2017
The 2016 La Conseillante is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% new and 30% one-year-old French oak for 17 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it slips provocatively out of the glass with a lifted perfume of roses, candied violets and lavender over a core of warm red and black plums, chocolate box, unsmoked cigars and baked cherries with wafts of wild thyme and tilled soil. Medium-bodied, the palate exudes polish and sophistication with bags of fragrance, freshness and energy, sporting exquisitely fine-grained tannins and finishing very long and minerally. Around 3,808 cases produced.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 30 November 2018
Bright raspberry and blackberry confiture flavors fill out nicely as they move along, followed by a well-buried graphite edge and a flash of cocoa at the very end. Has a vivid display of fruit and the buried spine to back it up.—J.M.
Wine Spectator - The Wine Spectator (James Molesworth)
Not as aromatic as some of the very top Pomerols. Lovely texture but not as expressive as some. A hint of soapiness. Lots of texture buried under the substance here but needs time for the flavour to develop. Lots to chew on.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com