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EX-CHATEAU RELEASE: La Conseillante 2005 - 97NM

 

We’re delighted to bring you another great Ex-Chateau release the ‘audacious’ 2005 La Conseillante.

La Conseillante has long been one of our favourite Bordeaux. From its enviable position on the Pomerol Plateau, bordering Vieux Chateau Certan and L’Evangile and just across the D244 from Cheval Blanc, La Conseillante produces a textbook Pomerol which Neal Martin beautifully describes as ‘honest’; it’s not trying to be something it’s not, it just delivers a perfect expression of sumptuous Merlot in the gorgeously svelte but structured frame which characterises great Pomerol. There is no pomp and circumstance here – all the effort that goes into La Conseillante goes into the bottle and the results show particularly in less-celebrated vintages, where it usually ranks right near the top of the tree. In great years, it can leave one mesmerised; and there are few years finer than the magnificent 2005.

As we’ve said many, many times, the 2005 vintage is proving to be right up there with the greats of the last half-century, standing shoulder to shoulder with 1961, 1982, 1990, 2000 and the recent duo of 2009 and 2010. At our 10 Year On tasting in January, the wine impressed Neal Martin so much he upgraded it from 95 to 97 points; we loved it for its gorgeous concentration, richness of fruit wrapped around firm but incredibly sweet tannins, and amazing freshness.

This is a Conseillante for the ages and a must-have for lovers of truly great claret.

Colour Vint. Wine Size Status Cs Btls Price Per Score Basket
Red 2005 La Conseillantebtls IB 17 0 $ 2,518 cs 97 Add

97pts Neal Martin“The Château La Conseillante 2005 has a flamboyant bouquet that just soars from the glass with scents of crème de cassis, blueberry, violets and a hint of black olive. This is far more exuberant than I remember it. The palate is full-bodied with ripe and underpinned by sumptuous tannins. It has extremely well-judged acidity, enormous depth and volume and a complex finish with lightly spice dark cherries, blackcurrant pastilles and minerals. There is a sense of completeness and harmony to this La Conseillante, allied with an audaciousness that is truly compelling.”

ETA: June 2015

Offer subject to final confirmation. E&OE

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