2005 Chateau La Conseillante

Year: 2005
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 97
Wine Advocate: 97
Vinous Media: 93
Jeff Leve: 95
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :

"This is decadent and wild on the nose, with fresh cèpe, raw steak and wild berry. Full-bodied, with loads of velvety tannins, yet refined and caressing in every way. A beautiful, balanced red. The best young wine ever from this producer. Best after 2017. 4,165 cases made." (WS)

"Displaying spectacular aromatics of mulberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit, a dense ruby/purple color, and sweet floral notes, in the mouth the 2005 La Conseillante is not as broad and powerful as Petrus, Trotanoy, Hosanna or Lafleur, but it is gorgeously silky, elegant and stylish. This medium-bodied, savory wine is a graceful, provocative and compelling Pomerol to drink now and over the next 25 years." (WA)

"($285-$475) Bright, medium red-ruby. Superripe, complex aromas of kirsch, musky espresso, fruity dark chocolate, spices and game. Wonderfully lush, sweet, dense and ripe; in fact, atypically large-scaled (this is 13.7% alcohol) and full for La Conseillante but perfectly framed by harmonious acidity. The light meaty quality is buried in dark fruits on the palate. The spreading, horizontal finish is very sweet, subtle and long, with fine-grained tannins and lovely lingering aromatic perfume. This beauty will be great fun to follow over the next couple of decades." (VM)

"Still showing a nice, deep ruby hue, a beautiful floral, boysenberry, black raspberry, chocolate, plum, spice and fennel perfume emerges. Suave and sophisticated, with soft, elegant and refined tannins, this silky Pomerol leaves you with a long sensation of fresh, spicy, pure, ripe plums. 95 points - Tasted May 1, 2012" (JL)