2008 Château La Violette Pomerol Wine Tasting Note


2008 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 93

Firm and a bit austere at this stage of its development, the wine has concentration, lots of fruit and aromatics, but the tannins are quite firm. Give this at least another 5 years before popping a bottle to see if its headed in the right direction.

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With mint, wet earth, flowers, coffee, truffle and red fruits, the wine is a treat for the senses. On the palate however, is where the action really takes place. Velvet in texture, concentrated, opulent and polished, the wine is concentrated, multi layered, long and complex. This is a very decadent style of Pomerol that will be even better with a few more years of age in the cellar. This is the first truly, successful vintage for the Pere-Verge family at the estate.

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Still young, with freshness, purity and concentration, the fresh, sweet, spicy, lush, tannic, sensuously textured, with a beautiful, plummy, truffle character will only get better from here.

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2008 La Violette explodes from the glass with aromas of an entire field of fresh violets in full bloom. Add spice, plums, blue and blackberries, espresso and coca and youhave an idea of what this elixir of a perfume offers. In the mouth, the wine feels opulent, sexy, plush and long. The intense, polished finish lasts over 45 seconds. This is an exotic, sexy style of Pomerol for hedonists.

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08 Château La Violette from 100% Merlot, picked one berry at a time, smells like a massive bouquet of fresh picked violets, spice, bittersweet chocolate, oak, boysenberry and blueberry. This is extremely concentrated with opulent, flamboyant, pure fruit. While the flavors are intense, everything is in perfect balance. On the palate, the wine feels like each berry was polished, one by one. The wine ends with incredibly long flavors of ripe, pure, black raspberry liquor. This is a stunning wine that competes with the best Pomerol’s from any vintage. 97-99 Pts

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Violette Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

When to Drink Chateau La Violette, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau La Violette is much better with at least 10-15 years of aging in good vintages. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-3 hours, or more.

This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau La Violette offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 10-35 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Chateau La Violette with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Chateau La Violette is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Chateau La Violette is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau La Violette is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.