This is a very good wine, with a more serious tannic structure than the 2005, whose tannins are a little less pliable. It's not as joyful as the 2005 but the cinnamon, spice, cassis, heather and fern-like structure give depth and precision. 2006 is a vintage that has closed up then opened again several times over the past few years, so I definitely suggest you carafe it before drinking as it's yet to settle into its stride. (JA)
Intense aromas of truffle and berries lead to a full body, with ultrarefined tannins and a very long finish. Balanced and wonderfully crafted. Gorgeous. Extremely well done. Best after 2014. (JS)
The 2006 vintage at La Conseillante is extremely successful and this is a very fine follow-up to the great wine produced here in 2005. The bouquet of the 2006 is pure, elegant and complex, delivering a fine blend of black raspberries, cassis, cigar smoke, a fine base of gravelly soil tones, a touch of tobacco leaf and a discreet framing of cedary oak. On the palate the wine is fullish, pure and impressively transparent, with a fine core of fruit, excellent focus and balance and a very long, ripely tannic and classic finish. Fine juice in the making. (Drink between 2020-2060)
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's annual 10-Year On tasting in London and then at the château. The 2006 Château La Conseillante had perhaps the most show-stopping bouquet out of all seventy-odd 2006s that I tasted at ten years. It explodes from the glass with raspberry coulis, kirsch, honey and marmalade, so much so that I am not sure if I would nail it as a Bordeaux, let alone a Pomerol! It is precocious and very attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe red cherry and strawberry fruit, plenty of black truffle, fine tannin and well-judged acidity. This is an opulent, decadent La Conseillante that is atypical of the vintage and yet you totally fall for its charms. What it might lack in subtlety, it makes up for in sheer charm. (NM)
The 2006 La Conseillante is solid in the vintage and certainly shows the house style with its incredibly perfumed, complex bouquet of black raspberries, plums, incense and cedary spice. Possessing medium to full-bodied richness, sweet, tannin, and an expansive, broad style on the palate, it’s ready to go today yet will keep for another 10-15 years.
Bright ruby-red. Sexy nose combines dark berries, violet, cedar, mocha, truffle and smoky oak. Plush, succulent and sweet, but with lovely delineation to the pliant black cherry and raspberry flavors. At once opulent and vibrant, finishing with a fine dusting of tannins and compelling sweetness. This has an almost Burgundian texture reminiscent of some of this chateau's great vintages of the past. It's hard to imagine this silky wine shutting down in the bottle. (ST)
The 2006 La Conseillante has a surprisingly rich and opulent bouquet that might lack complexity but goes for sheer hedonism. Mulberry, hints of fresh fig and prune, this is a La Conseillante that has avowed not to be outshone by the previous two vintages, though you can argue that it accomplishes that in rather obvious fashion. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. There is plenty of truffle tinged red fruit and an engaging rounded texture, but now it is beginning to lose its complexity and it feels just a tad monotonous against the splendid 2005. Tasted at La Conseillante vertical at the property. (NM)
A wonderfully firm wine, which balances extraction with pure sweet fruit. It moves comfortably within its tannic structure, the ripe Merlot allowed plenty of play to show off its black jelly and plum flavors. (RV)
Tasted blind. Interesting liquorice note on the nose and then lots of sweetness. Lots of nerve and life. Desperately needs food. Pretty fleshy and evolved on the palate with a bit of tannin. Knife-edge stuff. Savoury and lively. 16.5/20 points. (JR)
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