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2018 La Conseillante, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1407966 97-100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2018 Château La Conseillante checks in as a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc brought up in 70% new French oak, with a small amount in amphora. Yields here were a light 32 hectoliters per hectare, and the 2018 is a respectable 13.5% natural alcohol. Winemaker Marielle Cazaux commented that the secret to the vintage was to be a lazy winemaker (i.e. hands off). Her 2018 boasts a saturated purple color as well as incredible purity in its blue and black fruits, spice, liquid flower, and violet-like characteristics. Full-bodied, pure and seamless on the palate as well, it’s flawlessly balanced, with building yet sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. It's going to flirt with perfection. Hats off to Marielle for another magical wine from this estate, which has quickly risen into the top echelon of estates in Bordeaux. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

97-98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is a forceful red, showing blueberry and blackberry character with violets and light wet earth. Clarity and beauty with so much transparency and focus. Full-bodied, firm and silky with lots of white-pepper and salt undertones. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Conseillante is a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, with a 3.65 pH and 14% alcohol. Yields were 32 hectoliters per hectare; Merlot was harvested September 19 to October 1, and Cabernet Franc was harvested on October 4. Very deep purple-black colored, it comes charging out of the gate with energetic notes of wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and warm black plums plus hints of lilacs, damp soil, cardamom and cloves with gentle wafts of cast iron pan and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with elegant black fruit and earthy layers, framed by soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. (LPB) 96-98+ Inner quote mark (4/2019)

95-98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 La Conseillante is magnificent. A wine of real vertical lift and explosiveness, the 2018 is distinguished by its spine of energy, freshness and purity of fruit. Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, mocha, lavender spice and mint develop in the glass, but it is the wine's overall sense of harmony that truly stands out. The 2018 showed tremendous vibrancy and vitality, with superb mid-palate richness and phenomenal balance all three times I tasted it. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage. The blend is 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc. This is the first vintage that includes a touch of wine aged in amphora, just 3%. Don't miss it! (AG) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is extremely good quality with a lovely persistency, luscious and luxurious with richly textured tannins that place you perfectly in the heart of Pomerol. It’s inky and concentrated with clear liquorice from the start and an abundance of flowers and fruit; violets and iris followed by black chocolate alongside subtleties of woodsmoke and coffee that curl out of the glass after a few minutes. It has bouncy tannins with a 95IPT but they're so hugely silky that you can be pretty sure this is going to age every bit as well as the 2016. They continued with all biodynamic and organic farming here except for one treatment during flowering against mildew which meant they had to stop the certification process. 3% will be aged in amphoras, the rest in barrel. Michel Rolland consults. A yield of 32hl/ha. 3.65pH. (JA) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

94-96 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Partial aging in amphorae and a mix of barrels gives this rich wine structure, but with a light touch. Its acidity and freshness come from attractive berry flavors that offer lift and a crisp, crunchy finish. (RV) Inner quote mark (4/2019)

K&L Notes

95-97 points Neal Martin in Vinous: "The 2018 La Conseillante was picked from 19 September to 1 October for the Merlot, the Cabernet Franc on 4 October, at 32hL/ha. It has the highest IPT recorded at the property. Tasting the final blend that Marielle Cazaux assembled in June, it is adorned with a gorgeous bouquet of copious black cherries, cassis, crushed violets and mineral aromas. It is supremely well focused and delineated. The palate is powerful for sure with almost burly tannins that lacquer the mouth. There is great depth here, with very expressive Cabernet Franc towards the slightly tertiary finish. This is a long-term prospect so don’t be afraid to cellar it for several years." (11/2019)

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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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