La Conseillante played a masterstroke this year by holding a vertical tasting going back to 1985, whereby they cleverly focused the attention of all professional tasters onto the 2005. As if they needed it! Their ’05 is a stunner, with all the character and finesse of the best wines of the vintage. A beautifully perfumed but powerful nose showing violets and cherry fruit; intense blackberry and bramble come through on the palate, amidst complex flavours of dried fruit and mixed peel, chocolate sponge and lifting, fresh acidity.
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! After a period of slight underachievement, their very talented winemaker, Marielle Cazaux assisted by superstar oenologist, Thomas Duclos, has guided Conseillante back to the top table. Her wines are glossy and texturally alluring, both ripe and velvety, but also bright and refreshing. This is perhaps best exemplified by the wonderful 2022, the culmination of many years of hard work and one of the stars of the vintage.