La Conseillante 1999
Tasting Notes and Scores
-Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide No 7
The dark ruby-colored 1999 is a beautifully complex, evolved, seductive style of La Conseillante. The wine exhibits sweet black raspberry and cherry liqueur notes intermixed with cedar, toasty oak, licorice, new saddle leather, and dried herbs. It is medium-bodied with no hard edges, extremely pure, and almost sweet (from ripe fruit, not sugar). This is a lush, delicious La Conseillante that merits its reputation as "a Burgundy from Bordeaux." Anticipated maturity: now-2012.
Tasted at the La Conseillante vertical at Chez Bruce. This was the real surprise of this blind vertical tasting-the '99 trumping the '98! It actually reflects my original assessment of this wine back at primeur. Here there is superb ripeness on the ebullient nose with ravishing scents of blackberry, cedar, cigar box and a touch of smoke. Good definition, the plum and blackberry fruit emerging with time (rather reluctantly I might add.) The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, not as complex as more recent vintage but very well balanced with the Cabernet Franc lending an attractive savoury/meaty edge towards the finish. Considering the growing season, this is a magnificent La Conseillante. Tasted December 2010.
- Wine Journal May 2011
The Conseillante ’99 has developed an exotic, almost “beefy” nose with dried blood, rusty nails and a touch of garrigues. Perhaps there is just a hint of brettanomyces here? The palate is medium-bodied, smooth in texture, good acidity, still a little closed but there is a nice crescendo towards the finish with black cherry, soy, a little spice and a hint of tobacco. Not as complex as say, the 2001, but drinking very well now. Drink now-2016. Tasted June 2009.