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Château La Violette

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2018 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 98

Almost opaque ruby in color, this rare wine pops with truffles, violets, spice, lilacs, espresso, cherry and plum scented perfume. Exotic, erotic, sensuous, velvety and luxurious beyond belief, the wine combines intensity, complexity and hedonism with an organic flair. Posh and drenched with velvet, this is stunning in every sense of the word. I think 2018 is the probably the best vintage since 2010. Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the wine reached 14% alcohol. The harvest took place September 24-28. Vinified entirely in barrel, there are only 425 cases in total. Make that 424, as I am buying one! So if you want this decadent stunner in your cellar, you will need to move quickly. 97-99 Pts

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2017 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 95

Deep in color, the nose opens up with licorice, espresso, dark red berry and plum aromatics. Full bodied, opulent, silky, sweet and fresh, the wine shows a bit more purity and freshness than you'll find in Le Gay this vintage. Give it six, eight or even 10 years in the cellar and this could be sublime! Produced from 100% old vine Merlot, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol. The harvest took place September 19 to September 25.

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2016 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 97

You can already smell the violets, lilacs and truffle. The wine is full-bodied, ostentatious and rich, with layers of ripe, decadent plum and cherry pit fruits. Concentrated, long and multi-layered with power, and sensuality, this is a fabulous expression of 100% old vine Merlot planted in the clay soils or Pomerol.

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Made from 100% old vine Merlot planted in clay soils, the first thing you’ll notice is the distinctive floral bouquet. Wet earth, black cherry, dark plums, and even darker chocolate are next in line. This wine is ripe with silky, but firm tannins, spicy, pure fruits and a long, juicy, slightly masculine finish. Give this time to develop and you'll experience a deep and complex Pomerol. The harvest took place from October 4 to October 7. Only 400 cases were produced.

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2015 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 99

Pure bottled decadence, this is a show stopper in every sense of the word. Full bodied, with a depth of flavor that doe not quit, the wine is opulent, sexy and rich. The tannins feel like crushed velvet, the fruit is dense and fresh, the finish lingers, allowing you to enjoy the fruit and marvel at the texture. Give it at least a decade of age as the oak needs to further dissipate. This is a stunning wine. Not much is made, I think the production was less than 400 cases. If this is your style of wine, grab a case before they are gone!

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Produced from 100% old vine Merlot and packed with something akin to forbidden fruit, this liquid luxury shows a deep, antique ruby color. On the nose, this wine is alive with violets, licorice, cherry blossoms and smoke. A hint of barbecue brings to mind a risqué and unmentionable little romp in the family tree house. On the palate, this wine is like rolling around in Pratesi linens on a hot, sultry night with your dream date. The wine is rich, concentrated, lush and sensual. Silk and velvet tannins and loads of juicy, sweet, moist, fresh berries with the ironic essence of purity and chocolate accents make this a hedonistic thrill ride. The wine reached 14.5% alcohol with a pH of 3.8. Good luck finding any, the production was a mere 350 cases. That means only 349 cases are left, as I am buying one of them! 97 - 99 Pts

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2014 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 95

Sexy, silky, and supple, the floral characteristics are the first thing that grabs you, before you notice the wealth of sweet, juicy ripe, fresh plums, dark chocolate, licorice, black cherry and wet earth. Medium/full bodied, with velvet tannins and loads of sweet, ripe, berries and chocolate in the finish, leave you wanting another sniff and sip of this increasingly harder to find Pomerol.

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Smoke, floral and black cherry aromas work perfectly with the soft, silky, opulent textures. Though it is lacking the concentration levels found in the top years, the fruit is sweet, ripe and fresh with their unique sensuous, velvet-textured cherry finish. 94-95 Pts

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2013 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 92

Soft, delicate, fresh and floral, with earth, mocha, bright, sweet cherries, polished textures coupled with a melange of spicy plums in the finish.

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Espresso bean, licorice, spice, cherry blossoms and black raspberries are found with little effort. Silky, soft and smooth, the wine is filled with sweet, fresh cherry and plum notes. From 100% old-vine Merlot, the wine was made from miniscule yields of only 11 hectoliters per hectare and reached 13.2% alcohol. The total production is less than 170 cases this year. 93-94 Pts

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2012 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 96

This is a super wine, especially when you consider the vintage, which while good in Pomerol, the quality of this wine exceeds its humble origins. Violets, truffle, fresh dark red fruits, cherry liqueur and smoke permeate the bouquet. Silky, velvety tannins and a long, rich, sultry finish are the prize, as the wine really sticks with you on the palate.

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A sublime expression of Pomerol decadence, with its lush, sensuous, velvet drenched textures, rich, ripe, dark, fresh, juicy plums, flowers, silky tannins and chocolate covered truffles. As good as this is today, it’s only going to improve from this point forward.

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Charcoal, black and red fruits, caramel, thyme, flowers, licorice and wet earth aromas create the beguiling, complex nose. On the palate, the wine delivers, supple, fresh, vibrant dark fruit, fig and chocolate with silky, supple textures and length.

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From a tiny 1.6 hectare parcel of wine, this 100%, old vine Merlot cuvee is sadly the last vintage produced by Cathernie Pere Verge, who passed away the night before the official Bordeaux En Primeur tastings began. Aged in 100% new French oak, the wine reached 13.5% alcohol and will be vinified and aged in 100% new French oak. Intense aromas of dark chocolate, truffle, wet earth, black cherry liqueur and floral notes. On the palate, the concentrated wine is round, lush, dense and pure hedonistic pleasure, with a long finish filled with deep and dark plums, black cherry and black raspberry. This is a decadent style of Pomerol in the tradition of 2009 and 2010. 94-96 Pts

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2011 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 93

With good color for the vintage, the wine , even within the difficult context of the year displays the unmistakable nose of violets, coupled with fresh plum and cherry notes. The tannins are soft and polished, the finish offers enough fresh plum and earthy character to keep it going.

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Really strong for the vintage, with a sweetness and polish that few wines from 2011 have. There is a slight rusticity to the tannins, as you might expect from 2011, but there is a suppleness to the fruit on the palate, coupled with complexity and length that makes you forget about it.

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From 100% old vine Merlot that averages close to fifty years of age, the wine sports deep color. With intense truffle, violet, plum liqueur, chocolate, oak and earthy aromas, the wine has the depth and structure to age and evolve. 93-95 Pts

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2010 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 99

Wow, did I get this wrong on barrel. It happens. But I am man enough to willingly admit it. This has blossomed into one of the silkiest, sexiest, wines I’ve tasted in ages. The perfect ripe sweet fruit feels like each berry was hand polished with a velvet cloth. The wine is rich, concentrated, deep, long, complex and utterly hedonistic. Pure bottled hedonism at its best!

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La Violette From 100% old Merlot vines located on the Pomerol plateau, the wine pops with scents of violets, chocolate, black raspberry jam, licorice and truffle. In the mouth, lush black plum, dark cherry and earthy flavors are discovered in the finish. 92-94 Pts

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2009 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 98

Bottled decadence is what you find here. The wine combines intensity, complexity and most importantly, exotic sensuality with its opulent textures. The truffles are starting to make their presence known, along with all the ripe, earthy fruits. The wine is full-bodied, rich and concentrated. On the palate the wine offers weight, velvet tannins and waves of fruit in the end notes that remain with you for at least 50 seconds. This is only now starting to reveal what it has to offer. I am sure you can enjoy this for at least 20-30 more years with ease.

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Sensuous in nature, this is one-sexed-up wine. Opulent, plummy, rich and loaded with truffle, smoke, licorice, chocolate and dark, black cherries, the wine is pure silk and velvet on the palate. It's forward to some extent, but I am holding my bottles until at least 2025 for the full experience. Very little wine is produced here. If this is your thing, (And it's definitely my thing) it is only going to become increasingly more expensive as the wine marches towards full-maturity.

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Chocolate, plum liqueur, flowers, truffle, caramel, cigar box, flowers and licorice create the bewitching aromas. This is intense, pure, concentrated and deep. The wine coats your palate with layer after layer of sweet, fleshy plums. Dense and balanced, with the texture of pure silk and velvet, this baby is just getting started. Give it a decade and this will be a legend for the lucky few that have a bottle.

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Violets, truffle, wet earth, chocolate and black raspberry scents create an intoxicating perfume. On the palate, the wine is lush, sexy, rich and opulent in texture. Intense and complex, the wine ends with a long, pure sensation of spicy plum and black cherry.

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2009 La Violette starts with chocolate, floral, boysenberry, plum, coffee, and spice aromas. This concentrated wine displays ample layers of decadent fruit combined with silky tannins. The wine finishes with flavors of sweet dark berries, licorice, fudge, and spice. 94-96 Pts

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2008 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 96

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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2007 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 92

Rapidly maturing, so that it can be enjoyed today, this is all about its elegant, soft, medium bodied, supple personality, finishing with fresh, silky, cherries and a hint of thyme.

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2006 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 93

The first vintage for the new owners only begins to show the full potential of the vineyard. Yet, there is no denying the smoky, spice, truffle, black raspberry and floral secondary aromatics. On the palate, the sultry textures polished red fruits stick with you from start to finish.

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The debut vintage for the new owner, Catherine Pere Verge, of this new contender for the top of the Pomerol pyramid is displaying more color for its age than it should. The wine is medium bodied, with earthy, spicy, soft, fresh cherries, plum, cocoa and earthy notes. Soft and silky, drink this now, or age it, but it does not have the power or complexity of later vintages.

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1959 Château La Violette  (Pomerol) 75

Light, high pitched and fading, the little remaining, earthy, sharp, red fruits quickly move to the tart, peppery side.

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