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100% Merlot, micro-vinified in barrels. Richly dense and creamy, a big, supple, round wine from a great terroir between Le Pin and Trotanoy. For now it's more about the front than the finish, but impressive all the same. Rating: 93-94 L&S (Apr 2016)
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Very attractive and vibrant purple berries, dark cherries, blueberries, fresh earth and violets on the nose. This is a pretty wine with real purpose. The palate delivers a sleeve of perfectly ripe dark-plum and blueberry flavors and makes a deep-set impression via succulent, lustrous tannins that roll smooth and deep. Fresh, earthy finish. Superb wine. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 98 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Feb 2018)
Sister property to Ch Le Gay. Now has its own chai. Parcel by parcel and some cold soak. Floral nose. Very sweet start. Very polished - a bit over-sculpted perhaps? Very chewy end. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 16 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com(Apr 2016)
A Péré-Vergé cuvée of course, from 100% Merlot vines on the plateau, made using vinification integrale including a ten-day cold maceration. The alcohol is 14.5%. A rather perfumed, somewhat dusty character to the nose, with hedgerow fruits, tense and fresh, with a little peony and floral black cherry blossom. This is very fresh and pure on the start of the palate, very precise, with pencil-drawn fruits, ripe and polished tannins, firm but with seamless integration around the wine. A very delicate poise here, but this is something you see at Le Gay during the primeurs I think. A really charming style here, substantial though, and ripe. There is a pile of vanillin lactone oak suppressing the fruit at present, but that will integrate with time. Fine potential here, although I wouldn't at the moment place it ahead of Le Gay. Rating: 17-18/20 Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 La Violette is the late Catherine Père-Vergé's haut couture Pomerol: pure Merlot destemmed by hand and micro-vinified, then matured in 100% new Saury barrels. Delivering an alcohol at a modest 14.5%, it has a red cherry, kirsch, bergamot and dried orange peel scented bouquet that is defined with a touch of puppy fat; it handles the new oak in stride. The palate is medium-bodied with saturated tannin, well-judged acidity, silky smooth in texture, but perhaps not quite delivering that killer blow on the finish. Nevertheless, it is utterly seductive and very well crafted, one to watch when it is bottled. If you want a polished Pomerol, this is probably the place to come, for character and Pomerol typicité, turn to Le Gay. Drinking range: 2020 - 2040 Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com(Apr 2016)
The 2015 is one of the most finessed Pomerols of the vintage. Light on its feet but certainly not lacking in intensity the 2015 possesses gorgeous aromatic lift to match its silky, refined personality. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow over the next few decades. Rating: 93-96 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com(Apr 2016)
A hedonist style, with a caressing feel to the boysenberry and raspberry fruit flavors that meld into fruit cake and melted licorice notes on the velvety finish. This wine has flair. Rating: 92—95 James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator(Apr 2016)
This is a massive Pomerol with incredible concentration and power yet it holds together beautifully with chocolate, walnut and dark fruit character. Remains vibrant and lively. Rating: 98-99 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com(Mar 2016)
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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