Ah, yes. Definitely yes. Very agreeable: who could argue? I have no idea how many more years this biggish Pomerol has left in it -- such things are unknowable when a great Bordeaux is tasting as great as it is likely to ever taste...
For now, think cushiony softness. Hard edges = 0, friendly red berries, tarriness and just enough acidity to bind it into a nice round package = 100. This is a very, very good wine and as unobjectionable as is imaginable. Not, I repeat not, a big thrilling roller coaster ride. But to enjoy with friends after a strenuous evening of palm pressing and glad handing? Yes. Definitely yes.
Quite flamboyant. Very aromatic and still quite primary on the nose. More vanilla, caramel and black fruit than secondary aromas. Lush and round, very Merlot. Medium body, but concentrated and long. Best Conseillante I've had, by far.
This wine has never gone through an awkward stage and remains perched on a very high plateau. It is voluptuous and well proportioned with a spiced plummy/raspberry flavor and a long savory finish. The nose is dark berries and flowers.
It's effortless, delicious and complex - a wine you could serve to any type of wine lover or newbie
I have long regarded the 1990 La Conseillante to be a slightly better wine than the 1989 and this view was reinforced at our mini-vertical lunch on 23 April. The colour on the 1990 is similarly evolved, and it is undoubtedly fully resolved, but this is gorgeous mature, decadent, seductive, complex and nuanced Pomerol. It is a wine that has never been forced and is fleet-footed. It is nevertheless opulent and plummy, and a bit riper, richer and more decadent than the 1989. It remains a thrilling wine.
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(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.
(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.
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