Chateau La Conseillante

Listed Wines La Conseillante
Owner Louis Nicolas family
President Jean-Michel Laporte
Annual Production ​(Grand Vin) 4,000 cases
Appellation Pomerol
Second Wine Duo de Conseillante
Interesting Fact La Conseillante takes its name from its founder Catherine Conseillan, a formidable metal dealer from Lisbon who was known to locals as ‘The Iron Lady’.
Chateau La Conseillante

Brand

Chateau La Conseillante’s surface area – 12 hectares – hasn’t expanded since the Nicolas family took ownership in 1871, ensuring the continued focus on quality that has won acclaim from critics around the world. Despite its modest and unchanging size, the vineyard’s terroir presents two extremes – clay and gravel – resulting in entirely different-tasting wines, presenting both a distinct marketing opportunity and a unique winemaking challenge.

In 1971, Chateau La Conseillante was completely renovated and modernised with the addition of stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks – a pioneering move at the time which set the estate apart from others in the Pomerol appellation, and set the tone for the Chateau’s future operational strategies. Despite traditional vineyard management – four ploughings during the growth cycle, green harvesting and bud removal are all part of diligent efforts to reduce yields – a further renovation in time for the 2012 vintage consolidated the estate’s commitment to quality. More than 20 new aerial concrete tanks and an additional underground concrete vat are now involved in producing the wine, which is labelled with a unique purple crest surrounding the letters ‘LN’, making a bottle of Chateau La Conseillante easy to spot in the cellar.

Critic Appraisal

Regarded as one of the finest producers in Pomerol, Chateau La Conseillante has received favourable reviews throughout its 140-vintage lifespan, although not until the late 1990s did it begin achieving consistent 90+pt scores. According to Robert Parker, the wine can be difficult to taste in its youth, yet established merchants Justerini & Brooks claim the 2009 and 2010 are among the most impressive young Conseillantes they can recall. Nonetheless, the chateau has proven its ability to turn out admirable wines even in the face of adversity; the 2007 was well-received despite an adverse growing season.

The 1990 vintage is given Robert Parker’s stamp of approval with a 97pt score – the highest awarded to any of Chateau La Conseillante’s wines. Elsewhere, however, the 2000 and 2005 both receive a very-respectable 96.

History

The history of Chateau La Conseillante dates back to the middle of the 18th century, making it one of the oldest properties in the Pomerol appellation. Since the passing of founder Catherine Conseillan the property has changed hands many times, from Pascal Fourcaud to Mathieu Beylot, and then to the Princeteau-Leperche family, until it was acquired by the Nicolas family in 1871.

Under the direction of Louis Nicolas, the Right Bank vineyard’s reputation grew stronger and the wine began selling for a higher price – allegedly matching that sold by renowned producers on the Left Bank. Despite the arrival of phylloxera in 1880, the chateau’s prosperity continued and now the estate is managed by the Nicolas family council: the Société Civile des Héritiers Nicolas. None of the family makes an income from the vineyard, indicating a genuine passion for winemaking.

In 2003, the family appointed Jean-Michel Laporte to oversee the chateau, and with his supervision the estate introduced a second wine, Duo de Conseillante, in 2007 which has proven a big success on the secondary market.

Chateau La Conseillante Pricing

Wine Vintage Producer Market price Unit size
La Conseillante 2017 Chateau La Conseillante £1,281.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2016 Chateau La Conseillante £1,700.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2016 Chateau La Conseillante £960.00 6x75cl
La Conseillante 2015 Chateau La Conseillante £1,330.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2014 Chateau La Conseillante £840.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2013 Chateau La Conseillante £605.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2012 Chateau La Conseillante £960.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2012 Chateau La Conseillante £950.00 24x37.5cl
La Conseillante 2011 Chateau La Conseillante £790.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2010 Chateau La Conseillante £1,580.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2009 Chateau La Conseillante £1,356.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2008 Chateau La Conseillante £980.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2007 Chateau La Conseillante £850.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2006 Chateau La Conseillante £950.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2005 Chateau La Conseillante £1,948.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2004 Chateau La Conseillante £995.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2003 Chateau La Conseillante £900.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2002 Chateau La Conseillante £902.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2001 Chateau La Conseillante £1,420.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2001 Chateau La Conseillante £125.00 1x75cl
La Conseillante 2000 Chateau La Conseillante £2,000.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 2000 Chateau La Conseillante £1,050.00 6x75cl
La Conseillante 1999 Chateau La Conseillante £1,054.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1998 Chateau La Conseillante £1,580.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1997 Chateau La Conseillante £1,103.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1996 Chateau La Conseillante £1,500.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1995 Chateau La Conseillante £1,274.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1995 Chateau La Conseillante £700.00 6x75cl
La Conseillante 1990 Chateau La Conseillante £3,750.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1989 Chateau La Conseillante £3,400.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1986 Chateau La Conseillante £1,284.00 12x75cl
La Conseillante 1982 Chateau La Conseillante £4,250.00 12x75cl

Highest rated vintages for Chateau La Conseillante

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Robert Parker Jr