Chateau Conseillante 2015
96-97 Pts JS, 95-97 Pts WA
12×75 – £1,200 EP
6×75 – £600 EP
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2015 En Primeur Expected Spring 2018
In 2015 La Conseillante is a must buy wine, scoring 95-97 from Neal Martin and Antonio Galloini and 96-97 from James Suckling. Neal Martin says ‘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.’ This is instructive because the 2005 is the highest ever scoring vintage with 97 points, having been awarded 93-95+ from barrel and the 2015 is set to rival this from bottle. The 2005 today trades at £1,600 per case of 12 and as such today’s release offers a 25% discount to its trading price. The 2015 is also £200 cheaper per case of 12 than the 96 scoring 2010, which this is set to surpass.
In 2015 La Conseillante has created something special, which James Suckling thinks ‘ is the most powerful La Conseillante I have tasted with lots of muscle and intensity. Full and savory…. This is a little pushed to the limit like the great Conseillants of the 1960s and 1970s.’ Antonio Galloni calls it ‘A total knockout’ and says ‘Don’t’ miss it. Soaring aromatics meld into a core of dark-fleshed stone fruits, with hints of mocha, crème de cassis, menthol, violets and dark spices that develop in the glass’. He is not wrong, it is stunning and this is hardly surprising, this is a leading wine from one of the most high performance villages, Pomerol, of the campaign.
The earliest records of Ch. La Conseillante date back to 1756 when it was owned and managed by the Conseillan family. In 1871, the Nicolas family – owners of a well-established negociant firm – purchased the Estate and still remain the owners today. The Estate is just over 11 hectares and located to the east of the Pomerol plateau, bordering and in fact partially located in St. Emilion, with mainly clay and gravel soil. The high percentage of clay suits Merlot perfectly and the vineyards are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with the intent to increase the percentage of Cabernet Franc to 25% – 30% over time. Their oldest vines are nearly 60 years of age with an average age 35 years.
Under the astute direction of Director Jean-Michel Laporte, who took over in 2003, yields are kept low, sorting is meticulous, the winery underwent a massive upgrade, and the percentage of new oak has decreased to 50%-75% from 80%-100%. He has also ensured that the wine continues to be distinctive, with its tell-tale supple tannins and aromatics of violets.
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Neal Martin, 95-97 Points
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.
James Suckling, 96-97 Points
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.
Antonio Galloni, 95-97 Points
A total knockout, the 2015 La Conseillante possesses stunning depth, nuance and complexity. Soaring aromatics meld into a core of dark-fleshed stone fruits, with hints of mocha, crème de cassis, menthol, violets and dark spices that develop in the glass. The 2015 is not an obvious wine, but it is exceptionally beautiful. The blend is 81% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc. Don’t’ miss it.
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