Deep purple in the glass, this has an evocative nose of creamy vanilla, blueberry pie and fresh violets. The palate is voluptuous and opulent, with velveteen tannins and chocolatey, creamy fruit that leaves no hard edges. This hedonism is matched by elegance due to vibrant acidity and superb integration of spice and structure. The notes of espresso and smoke are subtle and subsumed by the expansive, enduring notes of blue and black fruits, which linger on a very long finish. Very impressive once again.
|Score: 18||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 La Violette reveals delicate notes of rose hip tea, underbrush and wild sage to begin, opening out to Black Forest cake, plum preserves and blackberry pie scents plus wafts of cedar and cinnamon toast. Big, full and voluptuously fruited, it has a firm structure of plush tannins and background freshness, finishing opulent.
|Score: 93/95+||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), April 2019|
This depth of fruit here is fantastic with so much berry, fig and wet-earth character, not to mention the mushrooms. Full body and polished, chewy tannins. Long and flavorful finish.
|Score: 95/96||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
The 2018 La Violette is a heady Pomerol. Crème de cassis, blueberry jam, licorice, lavender and menthol capture a striking interplay of unctuous richness and freshness. Soft curves and silky tannins add to the wine's pure appeal. Although not at all subtle, the 2018 is stunningly beautiful in a modern, sumptuous style that offers tons of immediacy. Hopefully the strong new oak signatures will integrate more fully during élevage.
|Score: 94/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, May 2019|
Made by the team at Le Gay, the tiny production, garagiste-styled 2018 Château La Violette is another magical wine, offering a saturated purple color, heavenly notes of black and blue fruits, smoky oak, chocolate, and earth, full-bodied richness, and layers of polished tannins. Despite being a big, powerful wine, nothing is out of place, it has thrilling purity, and is a gorgeous wine any way you look at it. Buy it if you can.
|Score: 96/98||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
This is full of savour with a gourmet edge that’s imprinted in its DNA; it has seductive fruit and flower aromatics with a silky texture alongside powerful tannins and the generous richness of the vintage. You don't just pass by this wine, it makes you pay attention – it’s Pomerol seduction straight up and signature Péré Vergé style, reminding me again that one of the brilliant things about 2018 is that estates were able to really pick their harvest dates giving them choices and the ability for people to deliver on signatures.
Drinking Window 2026 - 2040
|Score: 95||Jane Anson, Decanter.com, April 2019|