Jean-Michel Laporte explained that Conseillante doesn't own an optical sorting table, but in 2011 it would have been useful. Botrytis affected grapes were removed in the vineyards and pink berries were separated on the sporting table. Tasted twice, the first sample was extremely elegant, precise Pomerol, packed with bright red berry flavours, minerals, crushed rocks, floral fruits and cherries. This was a joyful, vibrant, fragrant example, which in no way felt extracted but lacks the decadence of the magnificent 2009 and 2010. The second sample, tasted under grey skies showed much more structure and weight in the mid-palate, but lacked a little of the charm of the first bottle. Although there was ample cherry liqueur fruit on the finish, the tannins appeared overly drying and even a touch coarse. We shall have to wait and see how this develops in barrel.
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