2013 La Conseillante, Pomerol

SKU #1257919 90-93 points Vinous

 A generous, resonant wine, the 2013 La Conseillante is impressive. Dark red cherry, plum, spice and menthol notes flesh out in a rich, inviting wine for the year. A long, persistent finish rounds things out in style. This is about as polished and finessed as things get in 2013. The only thing missing is the structure of a more important vintage. By any measure, the 2013 Conseillante is a tremendous achievement. The blend is 82% Merlot and 18% Cabernet Franc. The Merlot was picked between September 27 and October 5, while the Cabernet Franc was picked from October 5 to 7. Tasted twice. (AG)  (4/2014)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Intense black-currant acidity and dry tannins dominate this wine. It’s juicy, fruity and ripe, without a huge, overwhelming structure. (RV)  (4/2014)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The grand vin, the 2013 La Conseillante, is a delicious, supple wine displaying notes of violets, incense, licorice, black cherries and raspberries. Well-made and medium-bodied, but neither as deep nor concentrated as the 2009 and 2010, its soft, seductive style argue well for drinking over the next decade. (RP)  (8/2014)

88-91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (82% merlot and 18% cabernet franc): Bright ruby. Knockout aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and violet, complicated by graphite and coffee. Clean, fresh and very pure, offering dark berry and flinty flavors of above-average precision. Finishes with suave, rising tannins. The house signature of refinement and purity of fruit enables me to recognize this wine blind almost every time in a battery of Pomerol wines. A lighter-style La Conseillante, it's nonetheless one of my favorites of the vintage. (ID)  (5/2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Lightly singed balsam and black tea notes give this a perfumy feel, with supple cherry preserves and blackberry sauce flavors filling out the core. This fills out slowly with air in the glass, but stays very elegant and silky overall. Approachable now, but should benefit from age. Drink now through 2023. (JM)  (3/2016)

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