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Sadly, there's not a whole lot of production to this microscopic estate in Pomerol, but the name says it all. The awesome aromatics include not only raspberries, black cherries, and blackberry, but also the floral perfume of an haute couture house. Its terrific aromatics are followed by a wine with quintessential elegance married to almost unbridled density of fruit, all presented in a flawless and seamless concoction of full-bodied power, elegance and purity. This is a riveting wine and certainly one of the great classics to ever be produced by this tiny estate. Kudos to proprietress Catherine Pere-Verge. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2035.
2010: This tiny jewel of a property consists of five acres planted with 100% Merlot (over 50 years of age) in clay, limestone and gravelly soils, situated between Le Pin and Trotanoy. Made from yields of 20 hectoliters per hectare, the 2010, surprisingly, possesses only 13.5% alcohol (some of its neighbors hit 14.5-15%). As its name suggests, the hallmark of La Violette is its striking floral character. In many ways it is a more flowery version of La Conseillante, which comes from the gravelly soils on the St.-Emilion border. This offering's dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of flowers, raspberries and kirsch. With sweet tannins, a full-bodied richness and elegance as well as a sublime lightness, this unusual Pomerol is characterized by its quintessential finesse, elegance and flowery qualities. A remarkable wine, it can be drunk young or cellared for 15-20 years.
The 2010 La Violette has a well-defined bouquet with predominantly red fruit laced with scorched earth, leather and just a touch of cassis in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with a grippy entry. This has fine backbone, perhaps a good deal of Cabernet Franc in the blend. Very expressive towards the finish and extremely persistent. A class act that is just beginning to show what it is capable of. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners 10-Year On Bordeaux horizontal. 2024 - 2050
Tasting La Violette straight after Le Gay, I have to state for the record that I prefer the latter. As is the style of La Violette, it is far more decadent on the nose with precocious ripe red fruit, a lot of glycerine and more new oak that will need bottle age to be subsumed. The palate is full-bodied with opulent ripe, dark plum, crème de cassis fruit that is almost viscous in texture. The finish is sweet and decadent although the acidity keep it in check. It is a fine Pomerol for sure, although I discern more personality and drinkability with Le Gay this year. Tasted November 2012.
Tasted at Chateau Le Gay, pure Merlot of course, Catherine Pere-Verge's deluxe cuvee has a limpid purple/ruby colour. The nose is timid at first, expanding in the glass with touches of violet (quel surprise!), crème de cassis and a touch of Dorset plum and vanilla. The palate is almost mellifluous on the entry, rounded and velvety in texture with a lot of creamy new oak. Very modern in style, seductive but those tannins lend a little tension to the finish that was perhaps missing on the 2009 La Violette. Ravishing as always (although personally Le Gay is more my style.) Drink 2015- Tasted March 2011.
Made of 100% Merlot, the deep garnet colored 2010 La Violette comes bounding out of the glass with notes of kirsch, black raspberries, baked cherries and mulberries plus wafts of stewed tea, cedar chest and dried Provence herbs. Full-bodied, the palate is still carrying a lot of oak with youthful black and red berry preserves layers and a chewy texture, finishing very long and spritely. 2020 - 2045
The plummy almost jammy character is enticing, with a mineral and stoney undertone. Full and velvety. Generous. Better than 2009
This small vineyard is now owned by Catherine Péré-Vergé of Chateau Le Gay. A tiny amount of luxurious Pomerol is made here. The property is situated just behind Le Pin and Trotanoy. Not tasted by us in 2010, but as they only made 150 cases they weren't dishing out the samples!
Violets of the nose give it a floral charm with under the fragrances there is a powerful mix of black fruits. Ripe black plum enriches the mid palate the sweetness nicely balanced by fresher black cherry. There is a good structure from the firm tannins but the fruit power is such that it fills out the back palate.
Rich in constitution but natural and elegant as well. Considerable depth of fruit, fine tannins and texture, freshness on the finish. Superior to '09. Drink 2018-2035.