Jean-Michel Laporte explained that the conditions were so perfect in September and October that he felt there was no risk of over ripeness. He decided to delay the harvest and attain better maturity. They also extracted more than usual and had longer macerations. They didn't do any pigeage, but they did do some more gentle pumping over. The musts had a weight of about 35 hl/ha, but when they pressed they were a little disappointed with the yield. Produced from 78% Merlot and 22% Cabernet Franc, this is juicy, sleek and unforced. It is an admirable style which works with the vintage not against it. Initially, floral, with bright red berry fruits, hints of cedar, sweet bramble liqueur and cherry, it possesses some beautiful bitter-sweet mid-weight flavours of blood orange and crème de mûre. The overall impression is one of velvety, luxurious, unforced fruit and pleasing, elegant tannins. This is by no means a profound Conseillante, but it will give years of drinking pleasure.
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