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2005 Château La Conseillante

abv 14.0%
  • 97 WA
  • 97 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 18 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52458-2005

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    ($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.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2008
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc. Harvested Merlot 12-16 September, Cabernet Franc on 23 September. Yields 38 hl/ha. Fermented in stainless steel, fully temperature controlled and vatted for 28 days. 100% in new French oak barrels. pH 3.82. Tasted blind. More evolved rim than the other 2005 tasted alongside (which turned out to be the wine in double magnum). Healthy crimson. Masses of sweet, almost dried fruit with a hint of leafiness and a big charge of tannins. Dusty finish with some iron filings and lots of future pleasure in prospect. Masses of tension and fruit. Clean but not that persistent finish.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 97

    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.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    Tasted after the Clos L'Eglise, the 2005 La Conseillante simply has more of everything. More richness, body and texture, but at the same time, there is a striking element of underlying minerality that confers freshness. The Conseillante is one of the riper wines of the night, yet all the elements are very much in the right place. A host of dark, jammy flavors meld into the effortless, flamboyant finish, where a kick of sweetness from the French oak adds the closing nuances. What a gorgeous wine this is.
    Author: Antonio Galloni
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 97

    This is decadent and wild on the nose, with fresh cŠpe, 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. 4,165 cases made.
    Author: James Suckling
  • JamesSuckling.com | Rating:

    This really does have a wonderful texture that is reminiscent of great pinot noir while remaining obviously cabernet franc and merlot. It shows a seductive nose of cream, berries, chocolate and flowers. It's full-bodied, very intense and seamless in length. Pure class. Drink now and enjoy but will improve for years ahead.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Self | Rating: 94

    Floral on the nose with high toned fruit. Smooth on the palate with surprisingly light fruit, but tons of character and depth.
    Author: Daniel F397
  • Self | Rating: 98

    La Conseillante was flat out one of the most spectacular 2005?s of the tasting. Such a wondrous bouquet of sweet fruit, lilac meadow, whiskey barrel and high class pipe tobacco greeted my nose w/ astonishment as I couldn'thave imagined any Bordeaux this young could show this well. The palate is flawlessly textured and while it certainly has ample richness, it is so ethereal and knee-bucklingly plush that it leaves you w/ an impression of majesty instead of severity. La Conseillante made a glorious 2005 that has to be tasted to be believed
    Drink Dates: 04-01-2008
    Author: Brad Coelho
  • Self | Rating: 97

    Stunning wine. sweet kirsh and blackberries, licorice, woodsy spices, mild nutty oak. More tanninic than expected to really draw out the flavor and structure. Bravo!
    Author: GrapesofWrath
Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

White Bordeaux blends are most commonly composed of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc, and come in a range of dry and sweet styles. Sémillon contributes body while Sauvignon Blanc adds high acidity, a characteristic that is particularly important in the sweet wines of Bordeaux.

Sauternes is one of the world’s most prestigious regions for sweet wine production, made possible by Sémillon’s affinity for noble rot. Wines from world-renowned Château d’Yquem are fermented and matured in new oak for up to three years and can age for decades in bottle. These wines display complex aromas of melon, honey, apricot, citrus peel, mango, and butterscotch and develop added complexity and aromas with age.

The best dry wines from this blend come from producers such as Château Haut-Brion, Château Pape Clément, and Domaine de Chevalier in Pessac-Léognan and Graves. These wines are typically fermented and matured in new oak and display a full-bodied richness with concentrated nutty flavors overlaying the fruit.

Due to its freshness and flavor profile, dry white Bordeaux blends pair well with almost any white food, including all types of fish, poultry, veal, and pork. The sweet wines of Bordeaux pair well with foie gras, oysters, blue cheese, spicy food (particularly Asian cuisines), any dish with sweet notes, and of course, dessert.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 935 bottles owned
  • 96 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 96
    (Out of 96 collectors)