80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. There are many exceptional wines from the plateau of Pomerol in 2010, but Conseillante really stands out as one of the superstars. A muscular, intense example, but true to its terroir and the vintage. The charming Jean Michel Laporte was clearly delighted at the 140th anniversary of the Nicholas family’s tenure at the Chateau. This is a monumental wine. A perfumed bouquet of cedar, spice, violets, ripe plums and dark cherry fruit. The palate is multilayered, with wave after wave of decadent Pomerol fruit. It is both muscular and intricate, balancing immense power with suave detail and exquisite tannic structure. An epic wine.
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.
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