Chateau La Conseilante is one of the older Pomerol properties in the entire appellation. It has a history that dates all way back to the middle of the 18th century. At the time of the estates creation, Madame Catherine Conseillan was in charge of managing the Bordeaux wine property. It was from the Conseillan family that the property found its name. Wine was being produced and marketed by what we now of as La Conseillante by 1756, making the property one of the first estates in Pomerol. On the passing of Madame Conseillan, the estate passed to the Despoujal family. The Nicolas family bought Chateau La Conseilante in 1871 from the Leperche family. The Nicolas family were well established in Bordeaux as they already owned a thriving Bordeaux wine negociant company, Nicolas Freres. The company was located in Libourne, which is only a stones throw from Pomerol.
The Nicolas family have remained the owners of Chateau La Conseillante through today.
The 12 hectare Pomerol vineyards of Chateau La Conseillante have not changed since 1871. Located on the eastern tip of the Pomerol plateau, they are a stones throw from Chateau L’Evangile and not far from Chateau Cheval Blanc. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of close to 6,000 vines per hectare for the time being. It is the goal of Chateau La Conseillante to increase the vine density over time to 7,500 vines per hectare. By 2013, only 10% of La Conseillante was planted at the higher level of density. The goal of the estate is to reach 7,500 vines per hectare by 2040.
The terroir is mostly gray and red clay with deposits of iron, gravel and sand. Most of the estates Cabernet Franc is planted in the gravel soils while the Merlot is planted in the clay dominated soil. The vineyard of La Conseillante is planted to 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. Over time Chateau Chateau La Conseillante plans to increase the percentage of Cabernet Franc in their vineyards with the goal of having between 25% and 30% Cabernet Franc planted.
Chateau La Conseillante produces a Bordeaux wine of elegance, silky tannins and velvety textured fruit. It is never the most powerful Pomerol, nor the ripest. But perhaps it’s one of the most harmonious. Black raspberry, chocolate and flowers are usually found in the perfume that pairs with the elegant, sensuous style of this Bordeaux wine......
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