2018 La Conseillante (Pomerol)

83% Merlot/17% Cabernet Franc. Yield 32 hl/ha. Harvest dates Merlot 19 September-1 October, Cabernet Franc 4 October. An intense bouquet of blackcurrant, liquorice and violet. Silky and dense, dark fruited, overpowering, very persistent. The quality of the vintage`s Cabernet Franc is perceptible. (NT 15/04/19)
Pomerol, Right bank, Bordeaux FRANCE
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97 points, Jane Anson, decanter.com, April 2019 96-98+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com, April 2019
95-98 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2019
92-94 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com, April 2019
97 points, Jean-Marc Quari
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2018 La Conseillante (Pomerol)

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Jane Anson

This is extremely good quality with a lovely persistency, luscious and luxurious with richly textured tannins that place you perfectly in the heart of Pomerol. It’s inky and concentrated with clear liquorice from the start and an abundance of flowers and fruit; violets and iris followed by black chocolate alongside subtleties of woodsmoke and coffee that curl out of the glass after a few minutes. It has bouncy tannins with a 95IPT but they`re so hugely silky that you can be pretty sure this is going to age every bit as well as the 2016. They continued with all biodynamic and organic farming here except for one treatment during flowering against mildew which meant they had to stop the certification process. 3% will be aged in amphoras, the rest in barrel. Michel Rolland consults. A yield of 32hl/ha. 3.65pH. 97 points

Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2018 La Conseillante is a blend of 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc, with a 3.65 pH and 14% alcohol. Yields were 32 hectoliters per hectare; Merlot was harvested September 19 to October 1, and Cabernet Franc was harvested on October 4. Very deep purple-black colored, it comes charging out of the gate with energetic notes of wild blueberries, chocolate-covered cherries and warm black plums plus hints of lilacs, damp soil, cardamom and cloves with gentle wafts of cast iron pan and fragrant earth. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with elegant black fruit and earthy layers, framed by soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. 96-98+ points

Antonio Galloni

The 2018 La Conseillante is magnificent. A wine of real vertical lift and explosiveness, the 2018 is distinguished by its spine of energy, freshness and purity of fruit. Inky blue/purplish berry fruit, mocha, lavender spice and mint develop in the glass, but it is the wine`s overall sense of harmony that truly stands out. The 2018 showed tremendous vibrancy and vitality, with superb mid-palate richness and phenomenal balan ce all three times I tasted it. It is without question one of the wines of the vintage. The blend is 83% Merlot and 17% Cabernet Franc. This is the first vintage that includes a touch of wine aged in amphora, just 3%. Don`t miss it! 95-98 points

Chris Kissack

After a marathon eight tasting sessions Marielle Cazaux and team have settled on an assemblage of 83% Merlot, picked between September 19th and October 1st, and 17% Cabernet Franc, picked October 4th, although in truth there were only six full days of picking. The yield was 32 hl/ha, and the grand vin took 90% of this crop. The alcohol is 14%, and the pH 3.65. Aromatically this is very convincing, shining out in the course of a morning tasting in Pomerol, showing black fruits, confit cherry, intense blackcurrant and curranty notes, although it still takes a little time to open out in the glass. The start of the palate feels like velvet, with a richly polished texture through the middle, carrying very dark, concentrated and curranty fruits, with liquorice and black bean nuances. It is ripe and silky, with finely integrated tannins, a lovely energy and a very confident finish, one filled with grip and saline mineral edges. The élevage will be in 70% new oak, 27% second-fill oak and 3% amphorae. 97-99 points

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