Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: Monday, February 13, 2017 (JS-96)
Classical elegance in an uncompromising form, whereby the richness is beautifully interwoven with the dry tannins. The finish very long, savory and complex. A lot of delicate spicy and olive notes make this really complex.
Source: Interim End of March 2017, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 31st Mar 2017 (RP-93)
The 2014 La Conseillante has a well-defined bouquet with brambly red berry fruit, minerals, touches of seaweed and light incense aromas that develop fine intensity in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin. This Pomerol is very well poised with perfectly judged acidity. Whilst not a match for Titans like the 1989 or 2010, this La Conseillante possesses nuance and sophistication, a precision that does justice to the name. It should be earlier-drinking that other vintages that I have tasted, though given the terroir and track record, it would not surprise me if it gives 25 years of drinking pleasure. Tasted twice with consistent notes.
Drink Date 2019 – 2040
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