Château Le Conseiller

Château Le Conseiller

Since 1996, this Bordeaux Supérieur property has been owned by Jean-Philippe Janoueix, whose family has been making wine in Bordeaux since the early 20th century, and who also owns Château La Confession in Saint-Emilion and Château Chambrun in Lalande-de-Pomerol.

Jean-Philippe is the winemaker here. He trained in the United States, gaining valuable experience in winemaking in Napa Valley, and his hard work has gained Le Conseiller a deservedly high reputation.

His vineyards are situated at the point where the Dordogne and Gironde rivers meet, just across the river from the Saint-Emilion satellite appellations, and the rivers' cooling influence causes large temperature fluctuations. The 27 hectares of vines - which have an average age of 35 years - are on sandy clay loam soils and are planted with a mixture of 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.

The wines are vinified in a mixture of temperature-controlled cement tanks and stainless-steel tanks. They then age in a combination of 100% new French and American oak - making the property one of the few Bordeaux estates to import oak from the States.

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