1989 La Conseillante, Pomerol
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Somewhat similar to the 1990, but slightly more structured, with more noticeable tannin and a meatier style, this is still a very perfumed, exotic, expansive, sensationally concentrated wine that should age effortlessly for another 10-15 years. In that sense, it might actually outlast the 1990, but what a pair these two wines make. The wine has a dark garnet/ruby color and fabulous aromatics of black raspberries, kirsch, licorice, and copious amounts of toasted new oak. Relatively full-bodied for a La Conseillante, with great purity, sweet tannin, but noticeable structure and muscle, this is a relatively large-scaled La Conseillante that has always been one of the top wines of the vintage. (RP)
Offers sweet, dried fruits on the nose, with plum jam and Turkish delight candies. Full-bodied, with big velvety tannins and loads of fruit. Chewy and Porty. Has turned so decadent and yummy over the years. (Web-2010)
A bit tart like the 1990. This was more popular with the other tasters but I found its superripeness just a tiny bit lacking in refreshment. Strong black-cherry flavours. 17.5/20 points.
The fifth generation of the Nicholas family, owners since 1871, is now managing La Conseillante. The 29+ acres of vineyards are planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with clay soils dominating the Merlot vineyards and gravelly soils dominating the Cabernet Franc. Neighboring the great estates of L'Evangile, Figeac and Cheval Blanc, La Conseillante could hardly hope for a better piece of land on which to farm. Though not classified, Robert Parker equates this estate to a second-growth in the Médoc in his book "Bordeaux."