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2018 La Conseillante, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407966 98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Conseillante is composed of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, with a 3.65 pH and 14% alcohol. Deep garnet-purple colored, it needs a lot of swirling and coaxing to lure out the youthfully shy, incredible perfume of black raspberries, boysenberries, ripe plums and cinnamon toast, leading to notions of lilacs, clove oil and forest floor, plus a waft of iron ore. The medium to full-bodied palate is a jaw-dropping exercise in finesse, slowly unfurling in the mouth to reveal layer upon layer of bright, crunchy red and black fruits, supported by a rock-solid frame of firm, fine-grained tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and with an impressive mineral and exotic spice firework display. It's an incredible expression of Pomerol that cannot fail to inspire a resounding 'WOW' from whoever is fortunate to drink it. Tempting to broach now (albeit with a lot of air), try to keep your hands off it for a good 5 years and then drink it over the next 30 years or more. (LPB) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Conseillante is a regal and utterly exquisite Pomerol from the very first taste. Technical Director Marielle Cazaux and her team turned out a jewel of a wine. Silky tannins and lifted, precise aromatics make a strong first impression. Inky dark fruit, pain grillé, lavender, spice, menthol and a kiss of new French oak all flesh out over time. More than anything else, what comes through is the new emphasis at La Conseillante on freshness and verve. The 2018 is a Pomerol of tremendous precision. It is, in a word: dynamite! (AG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A beautiful expression of this terroir, which always seems to yield a more elegant, complex style of wine, the 2018 Château La Conseillante is based on 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc that saw 70% new French oak. A brilliant perfume of blueberries, currants, spring flowers, violets, and graphite gives way to a medium to full-bodied Pomerol with flawless balance, ultra-fine tannins, and a great finish. It closes down rather quickly with time in the glass (I followed the bottle for multiple days), and it isn't for the instant gratification crowd, but it's unquestionably a gorgeous Pomerol. Give bottles a solid 8-10 years of bottle age, and it's going to evolve for 25-30 years in cold cellars. 97+ Inner quote mark (3/2021)

97 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A dense, layered Pomerol with lots of chocolate, walnut, and plum character. Some coffee undertones. It’s full-bodied with chewy, polished tannins and a structured, muscular finish. Solid. Elegance with power. 2018. Try after 2025. Inner quote mark (3/2021)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is beautiful and powers through the palate showing depth and concentration to the brambled fruit. It has an excellent mid palate, the truffle of Pomerol comes through at this young stage in a way that was not evident in the 2015 even, but here has a lovely seductive kick. Spicy vanilla bean and black pepper alongside touches of cinnamon, this is very good quality. A yield of 32hl/ha. 70% new oak, 3% in amphora for the first time. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark The elegant structure that backs up this wine is impressive in its restraint. While the wine has plenty of black fruits and dark tannins, it conveys a calm character that sees long-term aging as its goal. The wine will take its time. Drink from 2026. *Cellar Selection* (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Nicely packed, with a mix of dark plum and black currant preserve flavors wrapped with licorice root and warm earth notes. Tobacco and bay fill in on the finish, adding energy and cut. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

K&L Notes

97 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 La Conseillante was given a two-hour decant and then monitored over the following 12 hours. What a stupendous Pomerol! It has a bravura nose that immediately seduces the olfactory senses, delivering a cornucopia of black cherries, cassis, crushed violets and iris. Such intensity here, and then it blossoms, accentuating its floral component while retaining the DNA of Pomerol. The palate is exquisitely balanced with fine tannins that frame the pure black cherry and strawberry fruit. But it is the texture and the harmony of this La Conseillante that knocks you sideways, that tertiary finish that I noticed out of barrel gone, replaced by satin-textured, almost citrus-fresh fruit. Marielle Cazaux and her team have overseen a brilliant La Conseillante." (3/2021)


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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/24/2019 | Send Email
2018 La Conseillante is a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc aged in 70% new oak. Wow this is really lovely wine! Beautiful freshness and lift, tasty blue fruits, strongly elegant. Mouthwatering wine and what a pleasure! This very elegant and attractive style plays very well in this vintage and will give good pleasure even young while many will not. 2 Stars at least for now! Ralph Sands

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2019 | Send Email
Conseillante has produced some deep, dense wines in recent vintages; perhaps a counterpoint to their "Burgundy of Pomerol" archetype, but not worse for it. One of the most intriguing wines aromatically, it floats between blue and black fruits to a textured finish that marries oak tannin and minerality. There is lots of extract in this deep and wonderful Pomerol that might need a decade to unfurl.

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