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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 67 
ProducerChâteau La Conseillante (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2001 and 2018 (based on 25 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See La Conseillante on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 94.7 pts. and median of 95 pts. in 164 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by MarceloIdeses on 6/8/2015 & rated 96 points: Light structure but very rich flavors. A Classic Pomerol, with less concentration. (318 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 6/3/2015: Black fruits, floral, cigarbox. Exotic and complex while remaining clearly Pomerol. Gets my WOTN vote by a hair over the Clinet. A- (443 views)
 Tasted by Rezy13 on 5/26/2015 & rated 89 points: Tuesday Night Double Blind $80+ (Bin 75): Dark brick core with large rusty rim, sediment; aged, tobacco, leather, ash, green pepper, leaner fruit, currant; silky texture on the palate, celery seed, currant, cranberry, leather, sweet medicinal finish, sandy tannin, cedar; the ripeness that was lead me to an older Californian like Dominus, thought it was older than '90; once revealed I was very disappointed in this bottle as this wine blew me away the last time, very stark difference from the last one. (534 views)
 Tasted by europat55 on 4/10/2015 & rated 96 points: Fabulous nose (A). Gorgeous Palate (A).
My #2, Group's #4 (77 pts). Tasted blind. (728 views)
 Tasted by KR66 on 4/5/2015 & rated 94 points: Lush nose with lots of sweet ripe fruits, more fruits in the palate, velvety texture, elegant, so beguiling and flattering, very "Conseillante" and very 1990. like most great 90s (with the exception of Latour) in perfect drinking window right now, no hard edges or tannins, just pure pleasure.
First some small hints of dryness in the finish (after 2 hrs double decanted), and, like "dream" mentioned already in the previous TN, the finish was a bit subdued, it should have been more inspiring and more concentrated. Due to my experience with elder Conseillantes and 90-Bdxs, I fear this is not a question of time, but a result of the hot Merlot-vintage, very similar with Evangile 90. Still some more well-stored bottles in the cellar, so the further examination of this question will be a pleasure. Drink now-2020? (879 views)
 Tasted by dream on 3/14/2015 & rated 93 points: Burdigala - a beautiful, full Pomerol that's in perfect balance and harmony although remains fairly subdued on the finish. There are lovely flavors of dark plums, violets and bitter chocolate but I kept swirling the glass looking for something more. Perhaps out of magnum it needs more time. (929 views)
 Tasted by tinybubbles on 3/13/2015 & rated 94 points: From magnum. Great white pepper with faint background cinnamon. Blended peppers on the palate, tight backend tannins, but otherwise smooth. Very nice wine, deserved more time and attention. (647 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 2/18/2015 & rated 97 points: This is what mature Pomerol is all about. The purity of fruit, silky, luscious, sensuous mouth feel and velvety plums and dark chocolate in the finish. Talk about hitting the sweet spot... (1323 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 2/14/2015 & rated 97 points: I love this wine. Another great bottle with a magical nose. (692 views)
 Tasted by Herb K on 1/21/2015: Brilliant! More exciting, in my opinion, than the Cheval Blanc! (930 views)
 Tasted by reichken on 1/3/2015 & rated 95 points: Still dark and fruity on the nose, even still seems to have a little oak on the nose. Big bold dark red fruits, has nice depth and length. Very easy to drink, 25 years old and getting stronger (1039 views)
 Tasted by Edclr on 12/28/2014 & rated 96 points: Another beautiful bottle, not showing any signs of fading yet. A sort of merlot sweeetness, yet a powerful wine, sort of medium/full bodied, really delightful. (952 views)
 Tasted by franm on 9/28/2014 & rated 98 points: cheers - I've been lucky enough to drink a few really special wines, wines that are greater than any verbal or written description....wines that are so delicious you wish everyone could experience what you're enjoying. I did expect this wine to be excellent; I didn't expect it to be phenomenal. It is. If you can find some 1990, grab it. Whatever it costs, it's worth it. (1659 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 7/13/2014 & rated 94 points: Outstanding, but slightly more reserved and tannic than prior bottles. (2307 views)
 Tasted by reichken on 4/19/2014 & rated 94 points: I love pomerol, deep dark earthy purple fruits, fantastic balance, this goes on a long long time......I loved the early peek at this, I think I am supposed to buy more of this to enjoy when I am old, it will out live me!!!!!! (2586 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 3/6/2014 & rated 91 points: (Blind) Klar, dyp rød med innslag av oransje. Mild, floral nese med mørke, røde bær, roseblader, treverk og blekk. Hint av jord og toner av TCA.
Mildt strukturert frukt med god intensitet. Lett sødme. Komplekst aromabilde. Frisk syre. Elegante, finkornede tanniner i utgang. Fin lengde med lett bitre toner. Ikke ødelagt, men heller ikke topp flaske dette. (2194 views)
 Tasted by LWI on 3/6/2014 & rated 91 points: 1990 Bordeaux Horizontal: Wonderful sweet-and sour smell, spice, deep fruit; Alas, only moderate body but good length, merely a hint of sweetness. Slim and elegant. There was a hint of TCA initially which grew in the glass and dominated the fruit after a while. Thus, there should be considerably better bottles out there. (3132 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 2/2/2014 & rated 97 points: Same as the last couple of bottles. This is such a wonderful Pomerol and is drinking so well right now. (2433 views)
 Tasted by johnh1001 on 1/2/2014: Two bottles of this tonight. One was a bit tired and the other was as perfect as the last several I have had. Both of these were from the same case. (1830 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 12/9/2013 & rated 97 points: Another stunning showing for this beautiful Pomerol… With flowers, black raspberry, cocoa and truffle on the nose, the wine is silky, soft, sensuous and sexy ending with sweet, fresh, opulent berries that really feel great on your palate. (2628 views)
 Tasted by markelln@bellsouth.net on 11/12/2013 & rated 93 points: DOUBLE BLIND 95+ DINNER @ DEERING BAY YACHT & COUNTRY CLUB (WINE CELLAR @ DEERING BAY YACHt & COUNTRY CLUB, MIAMI, FL): The wine looks Ruby colored. The legs are Slow. It smells like Blackberry, Black currant (cassis), Cedar, Vanilla, and Violet. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Polished texture. The wine finishes Long. Pablo's wine. (2421 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 9/20/2013: HDH '90 vs '00 BDX Comparative Tasting (Chicago, IL - Spiaggia): Second time with this wine and it did not disappoint. Certainly held it's own with Cheval Blanc, with a little pepper mixed in the cab franc dominated nose. Potentially a little less complex than the Cheval Blanc, but the fruit was a little fresher without the pruney/potentially over-ripe notes. Fantastic wine. A/A+ (2747 views)
 Tasted by fclarity on 9/14/2013 & rated 94 points: Tasted blind, this wine had a red/purple center with oranging rims. The high- intensity nose of black cherries, brown spices, clay soil, also showed a hint of honey.

In the mouth, this was quite refined with rounded tannins, lovely balance and good length. The texture was attractive and silky. While this wine looked pretty mature, it kept getting better in the glass which is a pretty sure sign that it would benefit from some additional time in the bottle.

While it is hard to tell where this is going, I would tend to bet on it gaining a point or two with time. (2281 views)
 Tasted by BradE on 7/22/2013: A beautiful drink. Soft, perfumed fruit. Flat out loved this. (2641 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 6/20/2013: A night of Bordeaux as Tom Reddick pays a return visit to NYC. (Le Philosophe.): Last wine of the night and the wine of the night. It's a full throttle, peacock of wine that is out there flamboyantly strutting its stuff. Intensely aromatic and showing plenty of ripe black plums, black currants, black raspberry and black cherry fruit with floral notes, coffee and mineral on both the nose and palate. There's some toasty oak that still needs to integrate a bit further, but the wine is nicely balanced. Really long and pleasurable in the mouth and just a joy to drink. A. (2732 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2012, Issue #40, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2011, Issue #34, Château La Conseillante: Celebrating 140 Years of Refined Pomerol Elegance
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (12/28/2010)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Bonus Articles, Right Time, Right Bank (Originally April 2001, updated November 2003)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, March 2011
(Chateau La Conseillante (Pomerol)) Harvested at 53 hl/ha, and 21 years later it is poured from magnum. We have moved on ten years here, and there is a much more mature appearance, the wine showing a fading brick-red hue with a wide and soft rim. There is a beautiful nose to it, all very evolved and open, rather relaxed, with nuances of black olives, gravel and rust. Continuing on, the palate is very resolved, gently composed, soft and receptive to examination. There is no tannin here but there is some grip running through the wine, and appealingly fresh acidity too. This is elegant, and although there is a little medicinal twist to it in the palate which doesn't wholly appeal, I keep coming back to it for that ethereal aromatic profile. And on the palate, the sweet substance, so toothsome and polished, also draws me back. Lovely wine.  17.5 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/23/2011)
(Château La Conseillante) Bricking medium dark red violet color with pale meniscus; truffle, mushrooms, tart cassis, butter, tobacco, sage nose; tasty, rich, tart red currant, cassis, lightly herbaceous, olive, tart plum palate; long finish 95+ pts.  95 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Diaries 2009, BYO (5/29/2009)
(La Conseillante)   95 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Hong Kong Diaries (8/29/2007)
(La Conseillante) Another pair of ’89 and ‘90s were next, this time being La Conseillante. The 1990 La Conseillante had a deep, intense nose, oh so Pomerol with its cocoa, game, plum, chocolate, dates and coconut aromas. Its t ‘n a was rock solid, and its ‘plenty of fruit’ was admired. Similar exotic flavors graced its extraordinary palate. ‘Game, game and more game,’ I wrote. In the end, the 1990 had more balance and depth than the 1989, a touch more classic, but it was a very fine hair to split  96 points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, A Mega 1990 Bordeaux Tasting with Clive (3/21/2005)
(La Conseillante) was pure olive on the nose with beautiful minerals and sexy, refined Pomerol fruit, although more on the mineral side. There was a touch of kink rounding out the nose and lots of olives on the palate, which was not as ripe as that bottle I had in Vegas a couple months back. The bottle held quite well and surpassed the Clinet in time. Clive called the Conseillante . a bit of an underachiever given its location (next to Petrus)&should be better&one-dimensional.. He only gave it 15 ½ points! Something was going on there between Clive and La Conseillante. I gave it  94+ points
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, The European Grand Jury, Vegas Style (1/16/2005)
(La Conseillante) The third wine was another excellent one, with a more pungent and gamy nose that reminded me of the second wine in the first flight, which it was. The wine was very fleshy and animalistic, although there was an extra edge of cinnamon complete with roll to go with its funky, forward and fleshy fruit. There was a pinch of olive, too. There was great breed here and rich and meaty fruit on the palate, which took a little more coaxing to hit its stride, but it did and was an incredibly tasty  94 points
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Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


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Saint Emilion Grat Classified Growth, Classified Growths, Grands Crus Classes, GCC

In 1954, while the "Graves" growths had just published their own classification, the wine syndicate of Saint-Emilion, composed by wine growers, brokers and wine traders with the approval of the INAO - Institut National des Appellations d'Origine (A.O.C), decided to work on a classification for the wines of Saint Emilion. Initially, four grades were defined. These were reduced to two - First Great Classified Growth (A and B) and Great Classified Growth - in 1984.

As of Medoc's 1855 historical grading, the Saint-Emilion Great Classified Growth classification is not only based on qualitative criteria by tasting the wines on a ten years period previous to the assessment, but also on commercial considerations such as:
- sales price levels
- national and international commercial distribution
- the estate's reputation on the market

Properties who don't manage to join the club of about sixty Classified Growths are given the denomination of Great Growth ("Grand Cru"), while the remaining wineries of the A.O.C are simply reported as "Saint-Emilion". It is to be noted that the owners must officially apply to appear in the official classification. Thus for example the famous Chateau Tertre-Roteboeuf, whose quality and reputation would easily justify to be listed among the First Great Classified Growths, does not appear here by the will of its owner, François Mitjaville.

The Saint-Emilion Great Growth classification was revised in 1969, 1985, 1996 and 2006. The only two guaranteed vintage (A.O.C) who can apply to the classification are the "Saint-Emilion Grand Cru" and "Saint-Emilion" areas.

By grading 61 properties, the 2006 revision confirmed many growths from the former classification, but also caused a number of surprises and a few inevitable disappointments. Many observers thought that the impressive progression of Perse's Chateau Pavie since 1998 would be rewarded by an upgrade into the First Great Classified Growths (A) category, but finally such was not the case.

Among the estates promoted to the First Great Classified Growths B category are Chateau Troplong-Mondot and Pavie-Macquin, whose efforts made since the Nineties fully justify their new grade. It should be noted that no First Great Classified Growth was relegated to the lower Great Classified Growth class.

Promoted growths from the status of Great Growth ("Grand Cru") to Great Classified Growth ("Grand Cru Classe") are: Chateaux Bellefont-Belcier, Destieux, Fleur Cardinale, Grand Corbin, Grand Corbin-Despagne and Monbousquet.

The demoted growths from the status of Great Classified Growth to Great Growth are: Chateaux Bellevue, Cadet Bon, Faurie de Souchard, Guadet Saint-Julien, La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Belivier), La Tour du Pin-Figeac (Moueix), Lamarzelle, Petite Faurie de Soutard, Tertre Daugay, Villemaurine and Yon-Figeac. If the recent samples of some of the above mentioned properties may justify their current downgrade, there are great chances that estates like Bellevue, Tertre Daugay or Yon-Figeac will be upgraded to their previous rankings by the next revision in 2016 as the progresses noted after 2000, but not entering in the range of vintages (1993 - 2002) appointed for the criteria of selection for the 2006 classification, are noticable.

The two following estates have completely disappeared from the Saint-Emilion Grand Cru Classification: Curé-Bon-la-Madeleine (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Canon) and La Clusière (integrated meanwhile to Chateau Pavie).

Finally, no estate considered as "garagiste" has integrated the classification. Valandraud, Mondotte, Le Dome, Bellevue-Mondotte or Magrez-Fombrauge have, for the least, the potential to be ranked as Great Classified Growths. In sight of the very fine quality reached by the above mentioned estates in recent vintages as well as all the innovative wine making methods used by the "garagistes", it remains to be seen whether the authorities will dare to cross the line in 2016..?


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