2011 La Conseillante

- 750 ml
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The market in many ways passed over the 2011 after the fanfare of 2009 and 2010, but in fact there are plenty of excellent wines from a year that was very dry from April to September with some rains during harvest, making the harvest date critical. There are dry tannins that threaten the mid-palate, but it opens up extremely prettily to reveal dark, fleshy fruits - a classically balanced, very enjoyable wine. It has great aromatics after five minutes in the glass, linear and stretched out. Drinking Window 2019 - 2034.

Decanter | 93 DEC
The 2011 La Conseillante is impressive, and I suspect one of the gems in the vintage. Full-bodied, concentrated, and layered, with lots of spice, bouquet garni, graphite and assorted darker fruits, it has the classic elegance and polish of the estate and while still young, is drinking beautifully today. Enjoy bottles over the coming two decades.

Jeb Dunnuck | 93 JD
(Château La Conseillante) The big news at La Conseillante is that Jean-Paul Berrouet, formerly the Director at Château Pétrus, has begun consulting at the estate. Given that Monsieur Berrouet is not a fan of high percentages of new oak, it seems likely that future vintages of La Conseillante will see the percentage of new oak reduced from the current eighty percent to a more manageable number, which will probably allow even more of La Conseillante’s beautiful terroir to shine through in the grand vin. In any case, the 2011 La Conseillante is an outstanding example of the vintage that seems likely to surpass the very, very good 2010 in the fullness of time. The wine is a blend this year of eighty-two percent merlot and eighteen percent cabernet franc. The beautiful and classically reserved nose offers up a fine mélange of dark berries, black raspberries, espresso, gravelly soil tones, woodsmoke, fresh herbs and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and quite bright, with a lovely core of pure fruit, firm tannins and excellent length and grip on the focused and youthful finish. While I have scored the 2010 and 2011 at the same level, I have a very strong preference stylistically for the more classical 2011 here. A superb wine. (Drink between 2022-2060).

John Gilman | 93 JG
This has evolved beautifully. The nose shows black truffles, berries and chocolate character. This is full-bodied, with very firm but polished tannins and a long, focused finish. Needs three to four years to soften, but a pretty, balanced wine for the vintage.

James Suckling | 93 JS
The quintessential elegant style of Pomerol, the 2011 La Conseillante offers copious aromas of raspberries, mulberries and spring flowers. Medium-bodied with pure fruit, seamlessly integrated tannin, acidity and wood, and a soft, velvety textured finish, this classic effort is ethereal in its elegance and precision. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.

Robert Parker | 92 RP
Frankly toasted, with a warm ganache coating over the core of steeped plum and raspberry fruit, which lends a slightly showy and muscular feel for now. Alluring spice, incense and black tea notes flitter through the finish, hinting at a suave, alluring element that should develop in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2025. 3,750 cases made.

Wine Spectator | 92 WS
The 2011 La Conseillante has a relative light (at least compared to the previous two vintages) bouquet with aromas of black cherry, mint and cold stone. I appreciate the precision here even if it might be missing a little complexity. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly firm and obdurate tannin. This is a masculine La Conseillante, grippy and a bit curmudgeonly at the moment, although bottle age will leaven its grumpiness. Give this another two or three years in the cellar. Tasted at La Conseillante vertical at the property.

Vinous Media | 91 VM

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Vintage 2011
Format 750 ml
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer La Conseillante: The freshness of the Chateau La Conseillante wines is an aromatic mixture on display, simply staggering - it feels like you are picking the fruits and eating them on the spot. The wines are uplifting and playful, like a refreshing gust of wind during summer, and the flavors are intense and almost impossibly pure. The black fruits blend together with the violet and licorice perfectly, creating a coherent, enthralling sensation that lingers long after you are finished with your glass. Chateau La Conseillante definitely aims to please the purists, and any red wine enthusiast should have a bottle or two of their wines in the cellar. With a history that dates back to the 1870s, they're determined to keep a dominant position on the global market.
Rating 93 DEC
Region Bordeaux: Even among the greatest and most reputable wine regions on the planet, Bordeaux stands above the rest. The winemakers of this region have a single-minded dedication to the fine art of viticulture and their efforts never fail to show. If you consider yourself a fine wine enthusiast, you owe it to yourself to visit Bordeaux - life changing. Whether you wish to drink some inspirational and gripping wine as soon as possible, or you want to add some masterpieces to your collection, no region on Earth is a more obvious choice. The noble and beautiful Garonne and Dordogne rivers surge through southwestern France, enriching the soil in a way very few other places can boast. The limestone-based earth is rich in calcium, and the almost oceanic climate conditions give the staple Bordeaux grape varietals vigor and flavor like nowhere else. For their illustrious reds, Bordeaux winemakers rely on a proven combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Meanwhile, a sip of their excellent white wine hints at the use of Semillon, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc.Each of these varietals carries a unique identity, making every quality wine a character piece to rival Citizen Kane. It can be incredibly hard to choose only a few wines to collect for your cellar!
Type of Wine Bordeaux Red: Picture in your mind a combination of cedar, lead pencil, blackcurrant, plum and mineral aromatics, and texture that caresses your palate like a playful lover. The experience is thrilling from the first whiff to the final seconds of a tannic, generous finish - that is what you'll get from a Bordeaux Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend: Since its birth in France, the art of Bordeaux-inspired blends has been brought to regions like California, and Washington, where New World visionaries add their own unique spin to the formula, creating mouth-watering tributes to Bordeaux's viticultural greatness. Today, with a compelling cultural mixture, sampling Bordeaux blends is more excited than ever.
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