2017 La Conseillante
By Chateau La Conseillante
2017 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante, Pomerol, Bordeaux
If the tapestry of Pomerol is woven with the threads of finesse and intensity, then the 2017 La Conseillante from Chateau La Conseillante is a masterpiece that beckons to discerning palettes. This vintage stands as a testament to the resilience of a grand vin in a challenging year.
A Vibrant Vintage Rising Above Challenges
The 2017 vintage in Bordeaux was marked by stark contrasts - spring frosts gave way to a mellow summer and finally, an early harvest. Many feared for the fruits' integrity, but Chateau La Conseillante harnessed this capricious climate, crafting a wine of graceful expression. This year's offering is a poignant reflection of the Chateau's enduring commitment to elegance.
Nuanced Expressions: A Rendezvous of Terrain and Talent
On the nose, the 2017 La Conseillante reveals enchanting aromas of violet and truffle, underscored by whispers of fresh cherry and plum. The palate is greeted with a lavish yet articulate blend of blackberry and velvety dark chocolate, giving way to an assertive structure synonymous with Pomerol opulence—effortlessly balancing power with poise.
Tannins are present, courtly, and well-integrated, bestowing upon the wine an impressive potential for cellaring. Admirers of fine wines can anticipate a blossoming complexity over time—a fetching prospect for any wine investment portfolio.
The Essence of Terroir: A Captivating Investment
Vinous chronicles speak volumes about the influence of terroir on a wine's identity; herein lies the distinct draw of the 2017 vintage from Chateau La Conseillante. This Pomerol artisans' touch is palpable in every sip—a wine not merely tasted but experienced.
For connoisseurs seeking to enrich their collection with a bottle boasting both heritage and promise, the 2017 La Conseillante emerges as an eloquent choice. It's an embodiment of how meticulously nurtured vines bear fruit that truly encapsulates the mettle of its terroir, an alluring addition for enthusiasts eager to venture into Bordeaux's vinous odyssey.
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Scores and tasting notes
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 La Conseillante sashays out of the glass with the most gorgeous notes of lilacs, Black Forest cake, kirsch and black raspberries plus nuances of cinnamon stick, dark chocolate and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm, finely grained texture with bags of perfumed black fruits and wonderful freshness, finishing very long and very fragrant.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 16 March 2020
The 2017 La Conseillante displays a deep garnet-purple color and simply sings of crushed blueberries, mulberries and ripe plums with suggestions of violets, chocolate box, rose hip tea and a waft of menthol. The palate is medium-bodied with impressive richness at this elegant weight coupled with vivacity and supported by plush, velvety tannins, finishing with great length and energy. This is an arrestingly beautiful expression of this vintage!
Wine Advocate - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - robertparker.com
The 2017 La Conseillante is a wine of total finesse and class. Bright, floral and beautifully lifted, the 2017 is exceptionally polished and nuanced from start to finish. Despite its mid-weight, gracious personality, the 2017 has real staying power. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux gave the fruit about 2 days on the skins, with no SO2 at crush. Cazaux added that the malos were quite fast. The blend is 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Frost reduced production by around 15%, while drought further reduced yields in the Franc by a further 10%. As for the wine, well, the 2017 was magnificent on each of the three occasions I tasted it.
Antonio Galloni - Antonio Galloni - vinous.com - May '18
Tight and precise with focused tannins and a lovely texture to this young wine. Medium to full body. Compressed and serious. Some salty and dark fruit at the end.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
The 2017 La Conseillante contains a little less Cabernet Franc than usual because four or five rows were damaged by frost. It has a classic Pomerol bouquet with touches of truffle and incense infusing the broody black fruit that take a few minutes to unwind in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, well balanced with a subtle sprinkling of white pepper and fennel. The Cabernet Franc, despite its diminished contribution, is quite expressive towards the balsamic-tinged finish that shows plenty of energy and decent persistence. It is less powerful than the 2016 at this stage but it is clearly a very well crafted, almost sensual Pomerol by winemaker Marielle Cazaux. Tasted twice with consistent notes, this may well settle at the top of my banded score once in bottle.
Neal Martin - Neal Martin - vinous.com - May '18