2009 La Conseillante, Pomerol

SKU #1095952 97 points Decanter

 Deep primary colour with a glorious unfurling nose of chocolate and cherry. However it is the palate where this stunning wine scores most highly, with its gourmand texture and generous panoply of flavours ranging from black cherry and cassis to cocoa, pan juice, violet and liquorice root. Though 2009 is famed for its heat, weight and glycerol, this example has plenty of bounce and freshness to balance its sexy, sumptuous personality. Its voluptuous tannins are polished and ripe, while the finish is fabulous. This is magnificent now, but should be kept a while yet. Moreover, it will undoubtedly prove to be one of the vintage’s long distance runners. (JS)  (2/2017)

97 points James Suckling

 Blackberries, violets and licorice, with hints of lavender. Full body, with phenomenal texture of ultra-fine tannins and subtle and intriguing fruit character. Goes on for minutes. Try in 2020.  (3/2012)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Similar in style to the 2015, the 2009 La Conseillante is another sexy, seductive, opulent even, Pomerol that offers a huge array of spiced dark fruits, cured meats, crushed flowers, and truffle. Deep, full-bodied, layered and beautifully pure, with an extroverted personality that just begs to be drunk, it will keep for another three decades or more.  (11/2017)

96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The competition between the 2009, 2005 and 2000 La Conseillante will be interesting to follow over the next twenty years. There was more of a selection process at this estate in 2009 than there was in 2000, resulting in a beautiful Pomerol offering notes of mulberries, sweet cherries, spring flowers, raspberries and truffles. The color is a healthy deep plum/ruby/purple and the wine is medium to full-bodied with silky tannins, a broad, layered mouthfeel and wonderful freshness as well as length. This gorgeous, complex, Burgundian-styled Pomerol will be drinkable in 4-6 years and should keep for 30-40. (The 1970 is still alive and that was not nearly as well made as the 2009.) (RP)  (12/2011)

96 points Wine Spectator

 This delivers stunning toasted spice, mocha and black tea aromas, while the core of plum, blackberry and fig flavors is still rather reticent. The long finish is liberally laced with a racy graphite note, while the perfumy accent pervades. This will be a suave head-turner when it rounds into form. Best from 2018 through 2030.  (3/2012)

95 points Vinous

 The 2009 La Conseillante has an opulent, expressive bouquet that blooms from the glass with enticing brambly red fruit, sage, black truffle and peppermint aromas, all very well defined. The aromatics seem to intensify with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin that frames the layers of red fruit. This is a more savory, gourmand style of La Conseillante. You could actually broach bottles of the 2009 now thanks to its freshness, although I would prefer to wait since there is so much weight and density on the finish. It is a huge, voluminous La Conseillante. But if you want the intellect and sophistication, you have to aim for the 2010. Tasted at La Conseillante vertical at the property. (NM)  (5/2018)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2009 La Conseillante is evolving nicely and shows every likelihood of delivering on all the early promise it showed out of barrel during the En Primeur week of 2010. A year on, the wine offers up a ripe and classy nose of red and black raspberries, chocolate, fine, gravelly soil tones, tobacco smoke and spicy new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and ripely tannic, with a fine core of fruit, good focus and balance and very good length and grip on the youthful finish. The 2009 vintage has still produced a La Conseillante that is a bit broad-shouldered by the elegant standards of this estate, but this is a very good example of the vintage that should age gracefully. (Drink between 2022-2060)  (8/2011)

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