La Violette 2015


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Tasting Notes

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.

Score: 98/99James Suckling,, March 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.

Score: 93/96Antonio Galloni,, April 2016

The 2015 La Violette has a perfumed bouquet with dark cherries, raspberry coulis and cassis scents, stylish and elegant, perhaps one of the classically styled wines from this estate. The palate is medium-bodied with candied orange peel and sage on the entry. There is commendable fruit concentration here and although the finish is currently dominated by the 100% new oak, that should easily be assimilated with time in bottle. Excellent. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2038.

Score: 94Neal Martin, -, March 2018

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. Drink 2020-2040.

Score: 92/94Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016

The 2015 La Violette is superb. Silky and expressive, with fabulous aromatic presence, La Violette is all finesse. Inky blue/purplish fruit tones open into hints of sweet tobacco, new leather and licorice. The 2015 is at once supple and also light on its feet, with superb balance and an inviting personality that will be virtually impossible to resist for those lucky enough to own a few bottles. 2025 - 2045

Score: 96Antonio Galloni,, February 2018

Floral nose. Very sweet start. Very polished - a bit over-sculpted perhaps? Very chewy end.
Drink 2023-2032

Score: 16Jancis Robinson MW,, April 2016

The 2015 La Violette is medium to deep garnet-purple with fragrant scents of potpourri, dried lavender, bouquet garni and cigar boxes over a core of warm plums, blueberry compote and cassis plus a waft of underbrush. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in the mouth and packed with black fruit and spice layers, it's framed with a firm yet velvety structure and oodles of freshness, finishing long. 2020 - 2042

Score: 96+Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (Interim Fe), February 2018

This 1.6 hectare vineyard is owned by the family of the late Catherine Péré-Vergé (of Chateau Le Gay) although 0.3 hectares are not currently in production. Only a few hundred cases of luxurious Pomerol are made here annually. The property is situated in between Le Pin and Trotanoy, and planted with 100% Merlot from 50 year old vines. The fruit is de-stemmed by hand by 50 people with micro-vinification and elevage in 100% new oak. Vibrant purple in the class. The nose is ripe and powerful with blueberry and blackberry fruit. The palate is ripe, thick and opulent with cherry blossom, forest fruits, and milk chocolate. Though this is full bodied it effortlessly carries the fruit intensity thanks to very fine, elegant and ripe tannins and lift from vanilla and sweet smoke. The finish is pure, and fine but powerful at the same time. The length of spice and fruit on the wine make it one to watch, if you can find it!

Score: 18Farr Vintners, March 2016

I loved the 2015 La Violette from barrel and it didn’t disappoint from bottle. Sporting a deep purple color as well as sensational notes of violets, black currants, toasty oak, and graphite, this awesome 2015 hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless, sexy texture, no hard edges and fine, fine tannin. It’s the purity of fruit that really sets this gem apart and despite carrying serious amounts of richness and depth, it glides across the palate and is almost weightless. Give this heavenly little Garage wine 4-5 years of cellaring, count yourself lucky, and enjoy over the following two decades. 2023 - 2043

Score: 97Jeb Dunnuck,, November 2017

Brooding depth the fruit is ripe the palate fleshy and supple. Mid concentration rich black plum is backed by black cherry and although bright light and fresh at the back the finish has richness depth sweet ripe fruit.

Score: 91/93Derek Smedley MW,, April 2016

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