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Tasting notes

[>>]2012 vintage

2012 was a year which very clearly favoured early vegetation growth and ripening. The first vineyards harvested produced better wines than those picked at later dates. The Pomerol plateau appears to have had an advantage over many other zones. Similarly, the Merlot tasted much better than the Cabernet.

The Merlot was beautifully ripe and came in at an average degree of 13.8°. It has lots of fruit character and well integrated tannins. The mid-palate is nicely structured, but overall the wines are not very powerful. This style is comparable to the 2004, but the 2012 has a little more concentration.

The Cabernet Franc was simpler, more aromatic and attractive.

Keep for 5 to 15 years

[>]2011 vintage

As usually happens after an outstanding year (2010), this vintage was at first under-estimated. The 2011 is however a very fine, round, very fruity wine, which will provide great tasting pleasure even when young. It is very well balanced and shows lovely freshness, underpinned by a medium structure.

Keep for 5 to 15 years.

[>]2010 vintage

2010 concludes a superb trilogy of vintages that started with 2008 and is reminiscent of 1988-1989-1990. It is a vintage to delight the purists, having power and wonderful balance in the characteristic Bordeaux style. It is denser than the 2009 and has distinctly more acidity, which will make it longer ageing. In this way, it is more like the 1989.

Complex, ripe and extremely deep, it is certainly one of the best La Conseillantes ever made!

Keep for 10 to 30 years.

[>]2009 vintage

The 2009 La Conseillante had the special quality of tasting amazingly well right from the beginning. The distinctive characteristic of this vintage is its silky texture and very early integration of tannins on the palate. Though very powerful, there is no sensation of dryness or astringency, making the wine impossible to spit out when tasting.

The wine also has great aromatic expression, revealing black fruits mingling with violets, liquorice and fresh almonds, together with wonderful balance and exceptional length on the palate.

Keep for 8 to 30 years.

[>]2008 vintage

Contrary to all predictions, 2008 turned out to be a superb vintage, full of balance and controlled power. Its deep colour is indicative of the great concentration of aromas we then find immediately on the nose, which is very expressive and complex, revealing crushed strawberry aromas with hints of liquorice.

Concentrated on the palate without any dryness, since the tannins are very silky, with slightly jammy fruit notes coming through, followed by elegant acidity in the finish. The Cabernet Franc then shows through with hints of menthol and lovely length on the palate.

Keep for 8 to 20 years.

[>]2007 vintage

This vintage is proof that poor years no longer occur at estates such as La Conseillante. Despite contrasting weather conditions, 2007 is an easy, accessible wine with fruit character coming through more than concentration.

With a ruby hue, a nose of ripe berries and fresh almonds, without any greenness, and an elegant, precise mouth-feel which is in character with the spirit of the property, this is a vintage for hedonistic enjoyment to be drunk now or in the immediate future.

Keep for 6 to 12 years.

[>]2006 vintage

The 2006 vintage has amazing freshness, both in its structure on the palate and in its wide range of aromas, thanks to higher acidity levels than in previous vintages.

Deep in colour, on the nose we find the usual traits of violets and liquorice, but with notes of red berry fruit and white flowers coming through too.

Concentrated on the palate with the same characters found on the nose together with powerful tannins which will soften more over time. The acidity brings the wine vibrancy and promises great longevity.

Keep for 10 to 30 years.

[>]2005 vintage

The main feature of the 2005 vintage was that all the balances were at a higher level: more sugar, deeper colour, more acidity, more aromas, more tannins... thanks in part to a carefully controlled yield of 38 hl/ha.

Deep coloured with great aromatic and tannic finesse, more concentrated than usual, the 2005 is built to last. An ageing in 100% new French oak barrels (only done in outstanding vintages) enabled this tannic power to integrate well while helping to bring out the wine's full aromatic expression.

Keep for 10 to 30 years.

[>]2004 vintage

The 2004 displays a very deep colour, a very fruity nose and an elegant and structured palate, which improved during its ageing in barrels, 80% of which were new. The wine also reveals excellent length on the palate.

The Merlot is supple and attractive and has great aromatic intensity with the property's characteristic violet and liquorice notes coming to the fore. The Cabernet Franc shows lovely freshness, both in the aromas and in the tannins, with fresh mint and raspberry notes coming through. They make an essential contribution to the blend.

Keep for 5 to 20 years.

[>]2001 vintage

Bright, garnet hue. Wonderfully complex, the nose reveals cherries, violets and some gamey notes. The attack on the palate is smooth and fruity, before elegant tannins fill the mid-palate. The finish is suave and very long with lovely freshness of flavour. A first touch of age is now discernible in this wine with hints of leather and forest floor.

Keep for 8 to 30 years.

[>]2000 vintage

The wine exhibits a purple hue with a slightly orange rim, a sign of its development. The nose is amazingly concentrated and pure with aromas of ripe fruit, liquorice and toasted bread coming through. Quite tannic on the palate but wonderfully smooth with notes of cherry and liquorice and incredible length of flavour. An outstanding vintage.

Keep for 8 to 30 years.

[>]1998 vintage

A slightly developed plum-garnet hue. A mesmerising, sensual nose of raspberries, spices and vanilla. An amazing palate with great finesse and elegance and a velvety texture, revealing pepper, sweet almond and raspberry notes.

Keep for 7 to 20 years.

[>]1995 vintage

A deep purple colour and an expressive nose of black cherries, roasted herbs and subtle oak. The texture is dense, deep and gentle while the flavours are ripe fruit, violets and liquorice leading to a long, velvety finish.

Keep for 8 to 20 years.

[>]1990 vintage

The colour is showing a touch of age, but it still has intense depth. The nose is clean, revealing superb aromatic complexity with notes of varnished wood, plums and blackberries coming through. On the palate, there is good volume and lots of appeal, a sign that there's still good ageing potential.

Keep for 8 to 30 years.

[>]1989 vintage

A brick red colour. The wine is amazing on the nose with still fresh fruity notes of blackberries and raspberries with notes of violet. The palate develops with hints of toasted bread and liquorice. The finish is very smooth with velvety, elegant tannins.

Keep for 8 to 30 years.

[>]1982 vintage

A deep colour with brick red tones. The nose, in which violets and spices come to the fore, reveals outstanding aromatic expression. The palate exhibits all the secrets of its terroir: fine tannins, full-body and great pedigree. A great bottle.

Keep for 8 to 30 years.