Located in Lalande de Pomerol, just across from Pomerol itself, Château Les Hauts-Conseillants is owned and managed by the Bourotte family, who also direct the famous estates of Bonalgue and Clos du Clocher in Pomerol.
Like some of the best soils in Pomerol, Les Hauts-Conseillants lies on a clay/gravel bed mixed with sand. This allows good drainage and is optimal for the following varieties: Merlot (70%), Cabernet Franc (27%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (3%). They extend over 25 acres, and the average age of the vines is over twenty years old. A green harvest and leaf removal is performed every summer to ensure the highest quality wine.
Typically, Les Hauts-Conseillants is a rather full bodied wine, quite consistent from vintage to vintage. The wine is given extended skin contact (up to three weeks, according to vintage), and is vinified in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Afterwards, the wine is aged for eighteen months in oak, one-third of which is new.
I have followed this estate over a period of ten years, and am pleased to say that Les Hauts-Conseillants is now producing some of its best vintages in recent memory.