2012 - Ch La Conseillante Pomerol
Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Conseillante
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2018 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
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2012 CH LA CONSEILLANTE POMEROL - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château la Conseillante
Region
Pomerol
Grape
Merlot / Cabernet Franc
Drinking
2018 - 2030
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £1,532.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2013,
    Score: 92-94

    Always a showstopper at the UGC tastings and no exception in 2012 with its full plump and juicy summer fruit flavours. A very giving wine balancing a plump richness with some good rounded tannins. A hugely pleasurable wine which will appeal to all Pomerol lovers.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, May 2018,
    Score: 95

    The 2012 La Conseillante has a very expressive bouquet with vibrant black cherry, blackcurrant and truffle aromas, with aeration fomenting more red fruit (crushed strawberry and cranberry) with an undertow of mineralité. The palate is medium-bodied with finer tannin than the 2011, a keen thread of acidity and a satisfying crescendo of flavours: dark cherry, cranberry, hints of tobacco and cedar. It feels structured on the finish although that is matched by the freshness and the impressive length. This is just a superb La Conseillante although it is only just getting going. Tasted at La Conseillante vertical at the property. 2020-2045

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2013,
    Score: 91-93

    The La Conseillante is a blend of 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc (slightly less than usual) delivering 14.2% alcohol, raised in 70% new oak. It was cropped at 38.5hl/ha between 18th September and 1st October for the Merlot, and between 5th and 9th October for the Cabernet Franc. It has a lifted bouquet with broody dark fruit, a little more introspective than the 2011 at this stage with hints of cedar and mint. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins on the opening. It is a more feminine La Conseillante for sure, sedate and natural with an easy-drinking finish that you could almost consume now. The ’12 is very fine - but there is better to come once they have "broken in" their spanking new winery.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2015,
    Score: 96

    An absolutely amazing wine from the Nicolas family, this is from another estate in Pomerol that is pushing the envelope to higher and higher quality. The final blend has moved to smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, now approximately 20%, with the balance 80% Merlot. Through crop-thinning, yields have been reduced to an average of 35 hectoliters per hectare. Inky bluish/purple color and stunning sweet tannins embrace a full-bodied opulent Pomerol with beautiful, floral-infused black raspberry, blueberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, yet elegant, this is a brilliant marriage between finesse and power. Stunningly pure, this wine can be drunk young or age magnificently for 20 or more years. 2015-2035

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, April 2015,
    Score: 96

    An absolutely amazing wine from the Nicolas family, this is from another estate in Pomerol that is pushing the envelope to higher and higher quality. The final blend has moved to smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, now approximately 20%, with the balance 80% Merlot. Through crop-thinning, yields have been reduced to an average of 35 hectoliters per hectare. Inky bluish/purple color and stunning sweet tannins embrace a full-bodied opulent Pomerol with beautiful, floral-infused black raspberry, blueberry and cassis fruit. Full-bodied, yet elegant, this is a brilliant marriage between finesse and power. Stunningly pure, this wine can be drunk young or age magnificently for 20 or more years. 2015-2035

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2013,
    Score: 92-93

    This is really intense from the start to finish. This is a gorgeous wine. Full body, with very integrated tannins and a beautiful finish. Iron, chocolate, hazelnut and red fruits. Very, very polished. 89% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2013,
    Score: 17

    New cellar with smaller, epoxy-line concrete tanks (35-70 hl), allowing more precise handling of smaller parcels, eg last year they had one vat of Cabernet Franc and this year four. Same architect and project manager as Petrus. Yield 38.5 hl/ha (as Le Pin) so they could be selective. 11% Cabernet Franc, 89% Merlot. Cabernet Franc was 'flat' but not unripe. Merlot was better this year. 100% Merlot was luscious and fat and needed a bit of Cabernet Franc. pH 3.67. 70% new oak. Deep dark crimson. Refined dark fruit - blackcurrant pastilles and a touch cedary. Very precise and fresh and has a nice tightness about it without being highly strung. Even with that refinement it has rich, velvety depth in the middle. Long without evident power. Cool and fluid on the finish. (JH) 14.2% Drink 2019-2030

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Producer

Château la Conseillante

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.

Region

Pomerol

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.