Visit and tasting at Château La Conseillante with private customers of Wine Gallery in April 2019
The name “La Conseillante” was given to the property by a Catherine Conseillan, who ran the estate in the middle of the 18th century. In 1871, Louis Nicolas acquired La Conseillante, whose surface area of 12 hectares has not evolved since.
The vineyard is situated in the heart of Pomerol, in predominantly clay soil, and is made up of 80% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc. A new cellar, built in 2012, enables individual, tailor-made vinifications of the 18 vineyard plots in stainless steel temperature-controlled vats. Since 2015 a small part of the vinification is done in barrels. Ageing is made in French oak barrels (50% to 80% new) for 18 months.
The yearly production of Château La Conseillante is usually between 40,000 and 50,000 bottles.
Since 2007, Château La Conseillante produces a second wine called “Duo de Conseillante” which is made with fruit from younger vines. The yearly production of this second wine is usually between 4,000 and 10,000 bottles.
Today, the Nicolas family still owns the estate. Bertrand Nicolas and Jean-Valmy Nicolas are the joint managing directors of La Conseillante and Marielle Cazaux is the estate manager.
The Nicolas heirs are identified on each bottle by the initials “LN” on the label at the centre of a shield within a silver-edged border whose four corners are sloped. The violet-coloured bottle capsule evokes the characteristic aroma of the wine. These packaging features were first chosen in 1871 by the Nicolas brothers.
On Monday 15 April 2019 a few private customers of Wine Gallery had the pleasure of visiting this estate.
Château La Conseillante is surrounded by some prestigious estates. In the South lies the Saint-Emilion appellation.
A few more photos taken on a trip with customers in November 2017...
View of the Château La Conseillante's vineyard. You can see Château Cheval Blanc at the back (in the middle) and Château La Dominique (the red building, on the left)
Château L'Evangile is just next to Château La Conseillante
Peas are grown one rank in two to increase nitrogen in the soil
Computers control the vat's operations
A small part of the vinification is done in these special barrels
A Bordeaux classic wardrobe can be seen in the lobby
The Nicolas heirs are identified on each bottle by the initials “LN” (for Louis Nicolas) on the label at the centre of a shield within a silver-edged border whose four corners are sloped.
The violet-coloured bottle capsule evokes the characteristic aroma of the wine.
These packaging features were first chosen in 1871 by the Nicolas brothers.
For more information please visit the official site of Château La Conseillante: