celebrated a further acquisition of this by cracking a bottle to accompany a beautiful cantonese BBQ lunch today. this wine continues to put on more weight than a middle-aged diabetic, it now is full-bodied, rich and crammed full of everything you want in great wine. Classic nose of violets, anise and mint, the massive palate kept in check by beautiful, smooth and ripe tannins. Immensely broad finish, dark chocolate, cool fruits, liquorice and spice, with length to burn. What a wonderful demonstration of Pomerol in 2010, which continues to astound with it's extraordinary quality. This wine will plateau in 10-15 years, but the journey to get there will be incredibly enjoyable for those fortunate enough to experience it. No doubt, this and Le Gay are the smart right-bank buys in 2010. 98+ drink:2020-2050
Lots of dark fruits and some flowers in the nose; quite concentrated and heavy on the palate with lots of fruits and a bit too much wood spices; overall, 93-94 points; needed quite a few more years too.
The 2010 La Conseillante is just a brilliant wine, and every time I taste it I'm inclined to agree with Jean-Michel Laporte in thinking one of the best La Conseillante vintages ever. Bursting from the glass with a deep bouquet of black raspberry, mulberry, gravelly soil tones, incipient black truffle and violets, on the palate the wine deep, layered, and unerringly precise, sacrificing none of its trademark elegance despite its massive scale. It has already absorbed its new oak, and the finish is pure and very long. While the wine is relatively shut down right now, its immense quality is impossible to miss.
Neal Martin is on the money here. Incredibly focused wine full of blueberry violate anise and cassis aromas and flavour, very linear at the moment, but absolutely certain to blossom into something very very special with another decade. I was surprised how much weight this has put on over the past 18 months, when last I tried this wine. Must get some more of this.
Bordeaux 2009 vs. 2010 - check in on 10 High Performers: Very dark purple. Reserved nose of blue fruit, toast, chocolate. As a matter of fact, quite linear Merlot at this time due to its reductiveness. On the palate medium bodied with quite pronounced acidity. Difficult to assess due to its closeness. Mid mouth fill is better than the 09. I have seen La Conseillante being in this sleepy phase and then 10-15 later opening up and delivering a greatly aromatic wine. I am quite confident this will take the same road and then may even ad a point or two. 94-96 (Group Score 95.4/RP96)
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(Château La Conseillante) Very dark red violet color; ripe black currant, blackberry, mocha nose; tasty, rich, hedonistic, ripe black currant, blackberry palate with sweet tannins; medium-plus finish (80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc)
(Chateau La Conseillante (Pomerol)) Surely now one of the most reliable addresses in the Pomerol appellation for those seeking quality. The yield here was 39 hl/ha. A good intense hue here, although it is not overly dense in terms of pigment. It is a glossy, vibrant, cherry red. Aromatically it shows some very fine, creamed-plum fruit, with great finesse. The palate also has a lovely creamy feel to it, but one that is polished and seductive rather than fat. A beautifully styled wine, with a spicy character to it. A gently balanced grip, overall giving it an alluring yet elegant and reposed feel. I think this is just delicious.
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