The 2015 Duo de Conseillante has a fragrant bouquet, somehow light-hearted and very fresh, with lively red cherries and strawberry fruit, strangely not a million miles away from a fine Pinot Noir! The palate is medium-bodied with a grainy texture, a keen line of acidity, not a "deep" Duo de Conseillante, but well balanced and conveying Pomerol character with great clarity, touches of truffle and smoke lending personality on the finish. The 60% new oak is barely recognizable. This comes highly recommended and it should end up at the top of my banded score. 2018 - 2028
The 2015 Duo de Conseillante is garnet-purple in color with a nose of warm cherries, black raspberries and baking spices with hints of dried lavender and tobacco plus a waft of dusty soil. Medium to full-bodied, rich and spicy with a plush frame and lovely line of freshness, it finishes long. 2018 - 2033
Many experts consider this an atypical wine, often more reminiscent of grand cru red Burgundy than a heavy weight Pomerol. Its exceptional terroir places it on the Pomerol/St. Emilion border surrounded by Cheval Blanc, Vieux Château Certan, L'Evangile and Pétrus.
The small sub-region of Pomerol is situated north-east of the industrious city of Libourne. Pomerol's soils are predominately iron-rich clay with a smattering of gravel that produce wines with extraordinary power and depth. As a result of this clay-dominance, it has the highest percentage of Merlot planted in all of Bordeaux. Certain châteaux are produced exclusively from this grape, but most incorporate smaller quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc as well. Despite its hefty (if not exclusive) proportion of Merlot, many people think of wines from this region as separate entities. As one wine aficionado stated recently, "It's not Merlot. It's Pomerol." Despite the region's small size, Pomerol contains some of the world's most sought after (and expensive) wines including Pétrus, Le Pin, Lafleur, l'Evangile and Vieux Château Certan. Unlike other Bordelais subregions, there is no system of classification. The châteaux are traded on reputation alone.