($75-$87; 80% merlot and 20% cabernet franc) Bright ruby-red. Plum, chocolate and nutty oak on the nose. Suave and fine-grained, with sexy flavors of plum, smoke and chocolatey oak. Supple, elegant and sweet. Finishes with tannins that are firm but not at all hard, and tangy, persistent flavors of raspberry and chocolate.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: May/June 2004
Wine Advocate | Rating: 89
Always a Burgundian, feminine style of wine, La Conseillante's 2001 exhibits aromas of plum and raspberry fruit as well as noticeable new oak in a medium-bodied, dark ruby/plum-colored format with excellent ripeness, but hard tannin in the finish. Although disjointed, it reveals signs of precociousness as well as some edginess and unintegrated tannin (the reason for the question mark). There is a lot going on in this elegant 2001, but it is not nearly as profound as the 2000. Nevertheless, it is the type of wine that may fool early tasters as it does need 2-3 years of cellaring.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Beautiful wine with blackberry, chocolate and floral aromas. Medium- to full-bodied, with silky tannins and a pretty finish. Refined and silky. Not a big Conseillante, but all in finesse and texture. I like it as much as the 2000.
Author: James Suckling
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
Mid crimson. Very sweet fruitcake aromas. Intense, tenser and more concentrated and ambitious than most with some firm tannins still, not just the lushness of a mature Pomerol. This seems more youthful than any right-bank wine tasted so far.