2015 Duo de Conseillante, Pomerol

2015 Duo de Conseillante, Pomerol

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2015 Duo de Conseillante, Pomerol

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This is a really pleasing, light and fruity wine. Just 25 percent of the crop was used to create Duo de Conseillante in 2015, which is such a shame as the wine is elegant indeed. Offering a really tasty mouth-feel, the wine shows nice finesse.

Rich on the palate, with hints of liquorice, the subtle use of oak combines with a touch of mulberry on the finish. Supple and soft, with some underlying power. The 12 percent Cabernet Franc really shines through, with freshness in evidence.

Blend: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc
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Wine Advocate89-91/100
Jancis Robinson MW16+/20
James Suckling93-94/100
Decanter88/100
Wine Advocate89-91/100
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.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate #224 - April 2016 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW16+/20
Lustrous crimson. Moderate nose. Then very sweet, almost jammy, nose. Fresh finish with just a little oak evidence. The considerable tannins are not quite fondu (melted). You'd have to wait a little for this. 14.5%
Drink 2021-2027
Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2016 Read more
James Suckling93-94/100
The second wine of Conseillante is spicy and rich with lots of fruit and smoky character. Full and savory. Big and juicy. Best ever Duo.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com - Apr 2016 Read more
Decanter88/100
25% of the harvest for this second wine. A little more density and structure than usual but still a wine for early drinking. Floral and fragrant with seductive sweet fruit.
Drink: 2019-2025
James Lawther MW - decanter.com - April 2016 Read more

About this WINE

Chateau la Conseillante

Chateau la Conseillante

Château La Conseillante is amongst the crème de la crème of Pomerol producers. It can trace its history back to 1735 and has been in the hands of the Nicolas family since 1874.

La Conseillante's 13 hectares of vineyards are located on a plateau in eastern Pomerol on the boundary with the St-Emilion appellation. Its vineyards border those of L`Evangile, Petit-Village, Vieux Château-Certan and Cheval Blanc.

La Conseillante is a blend of 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. The grapes are harvested by hand and are then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine is then aged in small oak casks (90% new) for 18-20 months. It is bottled unfiltered.

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Merlot

Merlot

The most widely planted grape in Bordeaux and a grape that has been on a relentless expansion drive throughout the world in the last decade. Merlot is adaptable to most soils and is relatively simple to cultivate. It is a vigorous naturally high yielding grape that requires savage pruning - over-cropped Merlot-based wines are dilute and bland. It is also vital to pick at optimum ripeness as Merlot can quickly lose its varietal characteristics if harvested overripe.

In St.Emilion and Pomerol it withstands the moist clay rich soils far better than Cabernet grapes, and at it best produces opulently rich, plummy clarets with succulent fruitcake-like nuances. Le Pin, Pétrus and Clinet are examples of hedonistically rich Merlot wines at their very best. It also plays a key supporting role in filling out the middle palate of the Cabernet-dominated wines of the Médoc and Graves.

Merlot is now grown in virtually all wine growing countries and is particularly successful in California, Chile and Northern Italy.

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