1978 La Conseillante, Pomerol

SKU #1002585 John Gilman

 The fine, Indian Summer conditions of 1978 were less helpful on the Right Bank than they were on the Left Bank, and so many of the ‘78s I have tasted from Pomerol and St. Émilion are a touch herbal from more indifferent ripening. This is the case with the ’78 La Conseillante, which is still a complex and nicely soil-driven wine. The bouquet is a blend of cassis, a bit of tariness, fresh herb tones, gravel, charred earth and cigar smoke. On the palate the wine is deep, fullish and still nicely suave on the attack, with a good core, fine focus and balance, melted tannins and a good, long, modestly ripe finish. I do not mind the touch of herbacité here, but it is certainly not a classic expression of La Conseillante.  (5/2016)

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