1990 La Conseillante, Pomerol
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This deep ruby/garnet-hued 1990 reveals considerable amber at the edge as well as a knock-out bouquet of cedar, kirsch, licorice, roasted herbs, and spice box. An exuberant, atypically flamboyant effort, it possesses supple texture, medium to full body, sweet fruit, plenty of glycerin, and attractive melted tannin. This wine has been delicious since birth, but additional nuances continue to develop in the bottle. Drink it over the next decade. (RP)
A bit funky but delicious now. Medium-red color with an amber edge. Aromas of ripe berries, earth and saddle leather. Medium-bodied, with spicy flavors, soft tannins and a ripe fruit finish.
94 points Neal Martin: "The La Conseillante 1990 continues to deliver again and again. Here, it has a gorgeous and unashamed voluptuous bouquet where the marine element, here suggestions of brine and kelp, are more accentuated than previous examples. The palate is finely balanced with a supremely well-judged seam of acidity embroidered through the sumptuous fruit. There are plenty of macerated dark cherries mixed with mulberry and a little sandalwood, the finish perhaps just a little more "brusque" than previous examples. But this remains a gorgeous La Conseillante - a benchmark for that era, and this is one of the best bottles that I have tasted. Tasted December 2013." (5/2014, Neal Martin's Wine Journal, eRobertParker.com)