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NEW EFFICIENT FACILITIES

The winery was designed by Bernard Mazières, who is renowned for his know-how on many winegrowing estates. The style of the new building is inspired by the traditional cellars on the right bank of the Garonne River that combine sober simplicity and noble materials, such as stone, timber and brushed metal. It is very light and faces the vineyard with large horizontal windows and views over the vines both for the vathouse itself and the offices, meeting rooms and tasting area on the first floor.

The vathouse is oval shaped and frees up space so that tasks can be efficiently carried out around the 22 epoxy resin-coated concrete tanks. The volume of each tank has been defined after the surface of the parcels of the estate. Each of them receive its own dedicated vat. By being lower and wider, the tanks naturally increase the contact surface area between the juice and the marc. The access hatches in the tops of the tanks are large and centrally positioned for effective pumping over. The vathouse design made it possible to totally reorganise how it is used:

  • In the new building, the harvest is brought right inside and ends up in the middle of the vathouse, from where the grapes can be sent up into the tanks with a mobile, removable system that is gentler with the fruit.
  • The flow of people and materials and access between the vathouse and the barrel cellar have been improved.
  • The vathouse is also an ideal venue for dinners and tastings, which permit its optimization when vinification is over.
  • A tasting room overlooking the vineyard and the vathouse is ideally located for welcoming professionals.

 

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History

The name “La Conseillante” appeared in the middle of the 18th century, when the influential Catherine Conseillan, who owned the property, decided to endow the estate with her name.

In 1871, the Nicolas family acquired La Conseillante, whose surface area (12 hectares – 30 acres) and plots have not evolved since, enabling the estate to hold on to its exceptional qualities. In 1960, Louis Nicolas’ heirs formed the Société Civile des Héritiers Nicolas company. In 2001, the organisation of the company progressed by recruiting an Estate Manager. Then in 2003, a Family Council was formed.Since 1st February 2010, the Family Council of La Conseillante has had three members, Docteur Bertrand Nicolas, co-Managing Director since 2001, Jean-Valmy Nicolas co-Managing Director since 2010 and Henri Nicolas.

Today, the fifth generation of the Nicolas family manages the estate, symbolising the long-lasting attachment of this family to a great wine.The Family Council’s role is to supervise the Estate Manager’s activities and to take part in strategic decisions, such as futures sale prices, allocations, investments, dividends and promotional activities. The Nicolas heirs are identified on the label, which has sloped corners and a silver border surrounding the coat of arms inscribed with the letters “LN”. The violet-coloured capsule is a reminder of the aroma and characteristics of the wine. These parts of the design chosen by the Nicolas brothers in 1871 remain elegantly modern in the 21st century.

For the 140 years that it has existed, Château La Conseillante has thus benefited from long-lasting, unwavering support from the Nicolas family, helping it to express the best of its terroir, one of the greatest in Pomerol. One of its characteristics is that no member of the family lives with income from the property.

 

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Vineyards

Located in the heart of Pomerol on an outstanding terroir, Château La Conseillante is one of the most emblematic properties in the Bordeaux winegrowing area. 80% of the vines that grow in this unique place, where the soils are predominantly made up of clay, are of the Merlot variety, which makes our wines round, deep and smooth. The remaining 20% that grow in gravel soils are Cabernet Franc, which contribute structure and freshness to the blend.

 

Today at La Conseillante, rational vine husbandry, controlled yields, a focus on achieving optimal ripeness of the fruit, rigorous sorting of the harvest and programmed replanting go hand in hand with unparalleled facilities to vinify the fruit on a plot-by-plot basis. The estate has acquired modern, efficient equipment, including a whole new vathouse with enough tanks to individually make the wine of each of the 18 mini-plots that make up our 12-hectare (30-acre) vineyard. The estate has remained unchanged since it was founded in the very middle of the great Pomerol terroirs, which is a guarantee of the quality of our wines. However, this quality could not have been expressed so regularly without the care and attention lavished on the 140 vintages produced here by generations of the Nicolas family, who have all directed the estate’s fortunes, while handing down and preserving its unique heritage.

La Conseillante has a style unlike any other. Every vintage displays the characteristic bright, deep ruby robe. The bouquet develops a complex aromatic pallet of violets, liquorice, truffles and red berries. This wine stands out for its harmony, its elegance and its complexity. Château La Conseillante launched its second wine “Duo de Conseillante” in 2007. Made with fruit from younger vines, “Duo” nevertheless expresses all the complexity and elegance of this great Pomerol terroir with its hints of liquorice, violets and red berries.

 

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Winemaking

When the fruit has been placed in tanks, it is left to macerate at a temperature between 10 and 12°C without fermenting for a period ranging from 48 to 96 hours, depending on the characteristics of the vintage.

Then the juice and skins ferment together for a week and are left to macerate again for one to two weeks. When vatting is finished, the free-run wine is run off and the marc is taken out of the tanks and gently pressed with a traditional vertical press. The press wines obtained are then aged separately. If the quality of these press wines is high enough, a proportion of them can be blended with the free-run wines to balance their tannin content and add volume, structure and elegance to the final product. La Conseillante ages its wines in barrels 50 to 75% of which are new, depending on the vintage. The barrels are sourced from several coopers so as to prevent the domination of any one woody aroma and to enhance the complexity of our wines, which on average remain in wood for 18 months. At the end of January or beginning of February, the first traditional racking using air pressure is carried out to eliminate the solid particles that have been deposited in the barrels. The wines are then racked again every three months.

At La Conseillante, the wines are fined with egg whites at the end of the ageing period, using two or three whites per barrel. This fining, the length of time spent in barrels and racking make the wines remarkably clear without having to filter them. The wines are blended in spring. Each barrel is tasted separately and they are then blended to achieve the best possible balance. The 18-month ageing period is then finished as the wines are bottled. The Château La Conseillante bottle is unique, made in a specific mould, and has its own laser markings. Since 1971, eminent oenologists have contributed their expertise and experience to Château La Conseillante wines. The first were Professors Peynaud and Ribereau-Gayon, then Gilles Pauquet and Jean-Claude Berrouet, and now Michel Rolland.

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Inside information

Owner: SC des Héritiers Nicolas

Managers: Dr Bertrand Nicolas et Jean-Valmy Nicolas

Director & Winemaker: Jean-Michel Laporte

Consultant: Michel Rolland

THE VINEYARD

Soil composition: 60% grey clay and 40% sandy gravel, resting on red (iron) clay

Grape types: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc

Pruning: Double Guyot

Planting density: 6,500 vines per hectare on average

Yield: 3,500 to 4,000 litres per hectare

Average age of vines: 34 years

THE WINE

Harvesting: At optimal phenolic ripeness, by hand, in low-capacity, open trays

Sorting: By hand and machine on 4 tables

Winemaking process: Pre-fermentary cold-maceration for 2 to 5 days, vatted for 3 to 4 weeks

Vats: 22 epoxy coated concrete tanks, fully temperature-controlled

Selection: Vertical wine press and separate ageing of press wines

THE AGEING

Ageing: 50% to 80% in new, French oak barrels, from a number of carefully selected coopers

Average length: 18 months

Racking: Racking using air pressure every 3 months

Fining: 2 to 3 fresh egg whites per barrel

 

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  13 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Château La Conseillante 1945-2015 / La Conseillante 2005 95p. Tasted four times. Consistent notes. Yield - 38 hl/ha. Great stuff coming from this outstanding vintage. Truffles, seductive nose. elegant and incredibly classy wine, red meat, very sophisticated and with excellent length and structure, incredibly long aftertaste. Fantastic wine and I wonder if 2010 will turn out to be better.

4m 17d ago

 Andrew Caillard MW, Wine Writer (Australia)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  126 wines 

Every now and again one stumbles across a paradox that confounds the accepted natural order of things. The 2016 Bordeaux vintage was born out of a growing season that was near-catastrophe and near-perfection. After the Hesperian Dragon’s relentless torment, the Titan God Atlas had seemingly kept the sky aloft with the help of a Phoenix. Following five months of diabolical weather patterns, a warm to hot dry summer arrived in the nick of time, not only saving a vintage, but creating one of the most spectacular vintages in a lifetime.


 The sense of relief in Bordeaux must have been as thrilling as avoiding the bullet of Russian Roulette, or the adrenalin of surviving a base-jump. The razor’s edge has never been so exquisitely fine. While the end result is not always perfect, with the odd abrasions here and there, the overall quality of the 2016 Bordeaux vintage is remarkably consistent with many Chateaux making some of their best wines in 50 years. Typically, the wines have deep colours, pure fruit aromatics, generous saturated flavours, dense rich tannin structures and bell clear acidities. Precision, freshness, elegance, smoothness and “delicate opulence” are words that are being used by various Chateaux to describe their wines.


 The Bordelais are, of course, the world’s greatest spin doctors. They leave snake charmers for dead when it comes to the art of mesmerising. The newly opened and impressive Cité du Vin, which sits on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux, sparkles like a polished turd; a monument to the exaggerations and optimism of this particular type of fine wine game. Momentum is achieved through belief. There is no room for wavering or self-doubt.

6m 2d ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

6m 4d ago

 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

6m 9d ago

 Christer Byklum / Leading Scandinavian wine blogger, Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  64 wines 

98 wines tasted from Pomerol 2016 vintage, a stunning vintage for the appelation. Petrus might be the wine of the vintage, such finesse! But many others as well. Le Pin, La Conseillante, Clinet, Gazin, Petit Village, Lafleur, L'Evangile, VCC, La Fleur-Pétrus, Trotanoy, L'Eglise-Clinet and many more made stunning wines. Gazin made the best wine they ever did, same with Nenin. Pomerols are beyond seductive in 2016.

6m 18d ago

 Fernando Pessoa, Pro (Spain)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  50 wines 

The Annual Union des Grands Crus Tasting in London - Bordeaux Vintage 2014 - My TOP 50.

11m 11d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  12 wines 

What a great evening. Fantastic food, sensational winnes and fabulous company.
I am a very lucky person to have friends like this.

11m 22d ago

 Jan-Erik Paulson, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  17 wines 

“I spent my last weekend with loads of Pomerols by Elke D.
Some very good wines - the 1971 Pétrus is a great wine!””

1y 1m ago

 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  14 wines 

“A few brief words. In 1982 , for these properties, a mere 200 meters apart, Christian Moeueix and Jean-Claude Berrouet made both Petrus and Lafleur 1982, the Robin sisters were quite advanced in age, and only in 1985 did Sylvie and Jacques Guinaudeau take over the helm at Lafleur.
Petrus is virtually all Merlot, and Lafleur is roughly evenly split between Cabernet Franc and Merlot, usually making it somewhat more structured, and in 1982, in some bottlings (like ours on this evening), more introspective.

1y 3m ago

 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  50 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Part I / I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

1y 4m ago

 Michael Scott / Wine Importer, Pro (Canada)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  45 wines 

“Bordeaux vintage 2000-tasting / 2000 was a very consistent vintage for Bordeaux, with most producers throughout the region making very successful red wines. The best of these are rich and ripe, yet very lively and fresh, with firm tannins that may need another decade or more to resolve. Others offer similar or even greater levels of ripeness, and perhaps even more richness of texture, but lacking perhaps the brightness of the finest examples of the vintage.”

1y 5m ago

 Winnie Wing-Yin Ng , Wine Writer (Finland)  tasted  2 wines  from  Château La Conseillante . In a tasting of  44 wines 

“Now is time to consolidate all the reviews from the En Primeur tasting after spending two weeks Bordeaux tasting wines from different regions. I will first write about the Right Bank which is said to be the winner of the vintage because of the beautifully ripened Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and of course because of lower rainfall compared to the Left Bank during the harvest season.

Pomerol is a true beauty in 2015 with consistence among the top wineries, possessing very fine tannin and freshness in the combination of just-at-the-right-time-ripened grapes. Even the alcohol level was comparatively high, most of the wines I tasted that didn't give me a strong kick of that. I didn't find any over extraction or over ripened situation in most of the wines. ”

1y 5m ago

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