Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (JS-93)
This has evolved beautifully. The nose shows black truffles, berries and chocolate character. This is full-bodied, with very firm but polished tannins and a long, focused finish. Needs three to four years to soften, but a pretty, balanced wine for the vintage.
Source: 212, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 30th Apr 2014 (RP-92)
The quintessential elegant style of Pomerol, the 2011 La Conseillante offers copious aromas of raspberries, mulberries and spring flowers. Medium-bodied with pure fruit, seamlessly integrated tannin, acidity and wood, and a soft, velvety-textured finish, this classic effort is ethereal in its elegance and precision. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
Drink Date 2014 – 2029
Soil composition 60% grey clay and 40% sandy gravel, resting on red (iron) clay
Grape types 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
Pruning Double and simple guyot
Planting density 7,000 vines per hectare on average
Yield 3,500 to 4,000 litres per hectare
Average age of vines 35 years
Harvesting At optimal phenolic ripeness, by hand, in low-capacity, open trays Sorting By hand and machine on 4 tables Winemaking process Pre-fermentary cold-maceration for 3 to 5 days, vatted for 14 to 28 days Vats 22 epoxy coated concrete tanks, fully temperature controlled Selection Vertical wine press and separate ageing of press wines
Ageing 50 to 80% in new, French oak, barrels, from a number of carefully selected coopers Average length 18 months Racking using air pressure every 3 months Fining 2 to 3 fresh egg whit’sper barrel