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La Violette 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Right Bank > Pomerol
Grape VarietyMerlot

This 1.6 hectare vineyard is owned by the family of the late Catherine Péré-Vergé (of Château 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.

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Tasting Notes

The 2021 La Violette has a typically precocious bouquet with violet-tinged blackberry and cassis fruit. The oak is nicely integrated and it feels less ostentatious than previous vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins and good grip. This is very pure with a dash of black pepper infusing the mélange of black and blue fruit. There is plenty of substance on the finish that should ensure this Pomerol will age well in bottle.

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

Offering up aromas of cherries, cassis and plums mingled with notions of licorice, spices and creamy new oak, the 2021 La Violette is a medium to full-bodied, rich and layered wine built around a fleshy core of fruit and powdery, liberally extracted tannins. Like its stablemate Le Gay, it's vinified entirely in new barrels.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

As always, 100% Merlot, 100% new French oak, 100% integral vinification and 100% destemmed by hand. Vivid purple colour. Hyper floral and fragrant tones on the nose, thanks to the choice of vinifcation. The palate is chock full of chocolate, vanilla and baking spices. Creamy blueberry fruit comes together with silky, rich tannins that resemble cocoa powder in texture. This is a fleshy example of the vintage that says as much about the work done at La Violette as it does the weather conditions. Bright acidity and cool black fruit linger with spice on the finish.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Sweet berry and spice with some pie-crust character. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 La Violette is deep garnet-purple colored. It has a fragrant nose of kirsch, black cherry preserves, and blueberry compote, plus suggestions of potpourri, tilled soil, and Ceylon tea. The medium-bodied palate has a quiet intensity of red and blue fruits with soft, rounded tannins and just enough freshness, finishing long and perfumed.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Captures the graphite edge of the best Pomerols this year, with clear quality to the cassis, redcurrant and black cherry fruit, totally delicious and overshoots the vintage, with raspy but chewy tannins, a little austere but softened by black chocolate and liquorice bud. Vignobles Péré-Vergé.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022
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