|Sub-district||Pomerol & Lalande de Pomerol|
Pure Merlot, picked over three days from 6th October and micro-vinified in Saury barrels for seven days, the La Violette (the late Catherine Pere-Verge’s “baby”) has a typically opulent bouquet of candied orange peel, kirsch and fresh figs that are well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple rounded tannins. There is very good volume here, lovely smooth velvety tannins with succulent red cherries, wild strawberry, white pepper and minerals towards the long sumptuous finish. One of the hedonists...but still a very well made La Violette. Rating: 91-93 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2013)
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Tasting on the day after Catherine Péré-Vergé’s death was a moving experience. This, her last vintage, is a fitting tribute to what she achieved in Pomerol, made from a 1.8ha parcel of 50-80 year old vines. Showing violets and liquorice on the nose, with no shortage of oak, this is a bold, sumptuous, structured wine that was picked at just the right moment. A fleshy, modern Pomerol. Drink: 2020-35 Rating: 95 Tim Atkin MW, www.timatkin.com(Apr 2013)
Bright and juicy, featuring a core of linzer torte and red currant fruit, with notes of bergamot and anise adding lift on the finish. Offers a lightly sinewy feel surrounded by solid flesh. Rating: 88-91 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2013)
Château La Violette
The wines of Château la Violette should be good but, in truth, have only achieved their potential since the vineyard was bought by Catherine Pere-Verge in 2006. The 1.6 ha vineyard sits atop the Pomerol plateau, next to Château Trotanoy and very near Le Pin. Another plot of vines near to Feytit Clinet that came with the purchase is now used for Château Montveil in order to preserve the absolute quality of Château la Violette. With no chai at la Violette, the wines are made at Château le Gay. It is a tiny vineyard – 1.8ha – and the yields are very small. The vines, many of which are over 60 years old, are 100% Merlot and are planted on clay and gravel soil.
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