Château La Conseillante, Pomerol, 2016

  Château La Conseillante

After a disappointing few vintages, Conseillante is back with a bang. We have a soft spot for this Chateau, and we know their excellent terroir at the heart of the plateau of Pomerol is capable of producing really top quality wines. The 2016 is a dramatic return to form. Produced from 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, this inky coloured Conseillante is packed with aromas of sweet plums, violets, loganberries and pure cassis. The fruit is really seductive and finely textured with just enough glycerine and density, but never being heavy or thick. This is a modern, polished example packed with blackcurrant jam notes. Sexy and slick with refined tannins and a nice saline finish. The best Conseillante in years!

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Conseillante

Conseillante occupies a charmed position on the border between St Emilion and Pomerol; surrounded by such luminaries as Cheval Blanc, Petrus, VCC and Evangile - so this is good terroir! Winemaker Jean-Michel Laporte is achieving great results; both the 2009 and 2010 are amongst the most impressive young Conseillantes we can remember. Usually produced from 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec, La Conseillante is regularly the toast of the Pomerol UGC displaying all the qualities one expects from great Pomerol: clarity, detail, freshness and purity, energy, tension and power.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Blend: Merlot | Cab. Franc

Cabernet Franc with its unique herb infused red berry fragrance, adds backbone and acidity to the sensual, round favours of Merlot. This is as tried and tested combination used in the vast majority of serious St Emilion and Pomerol blends.