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June 21, 2016

Chateau Conseillante 2015

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Chateau Conseillante 2015
96-97 Pts JS, 95-97 Pts WA

12×75 – £1,200 EP
6×75 – £600
EP

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders, see below.

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.

Conseillante JS WA Price Release Price
2015 96-97 95-97 £1,200 £1,200
2014 94-95 92-94 £650 £640
2013 94 89-91 £620 £630
2012 94 96 £750 £660
2011 93 92 £680 £744
2010 98 96 £1,400 £1,675
2009 97 96 £1,320 £1,580
2008 93 95 £800 £495
2007 N/A 89 £600 £575
2006 N/A 93 £800 £655
2005 95 97 £1,600 £900
2004 N/A 89 £650 £325

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.

Also released and available:

  • Ducru Beaucaillou 2015, 12x75cl, £1,255 – 95-96 Pts
  • La Mission Haut Brion 2015, 12x75cl, £3,160 – 100 Pts
  • La Chapelle de la Mission Haut Brion 2015, 12x75cl, £630 – 94-95 Pts
  • Pavie 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 100 Pts
  • Angelus 2015, 12x75cl, £2,650 – 99-100 Pts
  • Pichon Lalande 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 95-97 Pts
  • Palmer 2015, 12x75cl, £2,160 – 99-100 Pts
  • Lynch Bages 2015, 12x75cl, £870 – 95-96 Pts
  • Pichon Baron 2015, 12x75cl, £995 – 96-98 Pts
  • Domaine de Chevalier Rouge 2015, 12x75cl, £470 – 96-97 Pts
  • Duhart Milon 2015, 12x75cl, £500 -90-92 Pts

Click HERE for a review of the Bordeaux En Primeur 2015 Campaign to date

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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En Primeur - Why buy through IG Wines:

  • We only work with the largest and best financed negociants in Bordeaux
  • We guarantee delivery of all wines purchased en primeur
  • We are owned one third by a large family office and very well-financed
  • Since our foundation in 2011 we have grown our client base to over 1,500 private clients in ten different countries

IG Wines offer a choice of bottling for en primeur orders:

  • Bottles (12x75cl or 6x75cl) – No Charge
  • Halves (12×37.5cl or 24×37.5cl) – £12.00 per case
  • Magnums (6x150cl or 3x150cl) – £7.00 per case
  • Double Magnums (3 x 300cl) – £50.00 per case
  • Imperials (1 x 600cl) – £25.00 each