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.
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?
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.
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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.
(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
(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
(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
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