Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 La Violette opens with fragrant cigar box, black tea, wilted roses and spice cake scents with a core of warm black plums, black cherries and mulberries plus a hint of star anise. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers layer upon layer of black fruits and floral sparks, framed by firm, very finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and fragrant. Beautiful.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, robertparker.com (Nov 2018)
About this WINE
La Violette is the true jewel in the Péré-Vergé Pomerol crown! The Bordeux wine made its debut for Catherine Péré-Vergé 2006. The small vineyard is located on the top of the Pomerol plateau. The old vine merlot planted in the vineyard is close to 50 years old. In fact, many of the vines are even older. The vineyard is not far from Chateau Le Pin and Chateau Trotanoy.
La Violette is one of the most exciting wines made in Pomerol today. Popular several decades ago, the property was behind other Pomerol wines s in quality, prior to 2006. By the time 2008 finished Malolactic fermentation, it was obvious this was an off the charts wine! It’s filled with countless layers of dense, rich, opulent dark berry, floral and chocolate tones. The palate enjoys a bath of pure velvet and satin. One of the key characteristics of this Bordeaux wine is the haunting smell of violets. Good luck finding any. On average they only produce about 400 cases. In 2008, they made closer to 250!
Jean-Christophe Meyrou manages the property as well as Chateau Le Gay. He is also in charge of Chateau Montviel and the Pere-Verge estate in Argentina.
Pomerol is the smallest of Bordeaux's major appellations, with about 150 producers and approximately 740 hectares of vineyards. It is home to many bijou domaines, many of which produce little more than 1,000 cases per annum.
Both the topography and architecture of the region is unremarkable, but the style of the wines is most individual. The finest vineyards are planted on a seam of rich clay which extends across the gently-elevated plateau of Pomerol, which runs from the north-eastern boundary of St Emilion. On the sides of the plateau, the soil becomes sandier and the wines lighter.
There is one satellite region to the immediate north, Lalande-de-Pomerol whose wines are stylistically very similar, if sometimes lacking the finesse of its neighbour. There has never been a classification of Pomerol wines.