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    17° C Light rain
  • Time

    05:32 AM
  • Wine average?

    93.9 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    34
  • Region Ranking?

    12
  • Popularity ranking?

    162

History

One of the most exciting wines made in Pomerol today, Chateau La Violette continues to attract cult status among collectors. This 1.8 hectare property was bought out by Vignobles Péré-Vergé in 2006, already owners of the prestigious Château Le Gay and Château Montviel in the same appellation.

On the heights of the famous Pomerol plateau, referred to as ‘The Saint of Saints’ by world renowned oenologist, Michel Rolland. Château La Violette takes its name from an original and exquisite scent of violets that has forever seduced the finest of palates.
 

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Vineyards

Vineyard management here is meticulous, three days a week are spent manicuring each individual bunch to allow perfect ripening. Harvest’s are conducted in several pickings, the fruit is de-stemmed by hand and yields are kept as low as 18 hectoliters per hectare.

As a result production is only 400 cases a year compared to 700 at neighbouring estate Le Pin, making La Violette one of the hardest and more expensive Pomerol wines to find.

Terroir plays a big part with the vineyard sandwiched between two of the top Pomerol Estates, Le Pin and Trotanoy, lying on a complex mix of clay and limestone with gravel and iron deposits. The wine at its best offers countless layers of dense, rich, opulent dark berry, floral and chocolate tones.

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Winemaking

In the vineyard consisting of 4 plots situated at the top of the plateau, the work is very meticulous with de-budding, green harvesting and leaf thinning depending on the age of the vines and of each individual plot. Since 2006, 2 to 3 pickings are undertaken on the same plot to harvest the grapes. The harvest is all hand-picked in small cartons to keep the grape bunches in impeccable condition before the manual de-stemming that is done by a team of 60 individuals. This is so that only the entire grape berry goes into the new oak barrels.

The vinifications are directly carried out in barrels for 18 months. They are closely followed by the oenologist, Michel Rolland, who adds… “The extraction is significantly slower, therefore softer, the surface area contact between the must and the wood is greater than in the wooden vat. The objective is to produce an unctuous, charming, fleshy wine, in which the complete expression of the fruit is preserved. Pomerol is a jewel that obliges us to go beyond our limits. Our objective is both extraordinarily simple and of an extremely ambitious undertaking: To draw the best from the vines each year, regardless of the weather conditions”.

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Violette . In a tasting of  161 wines 

Bordeaux 2016 vintage!

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Violette . In a tasting of  272 wines 

BORDEAUX VINTAGE 2016 / Tasting "en primeur" is a challenge every year. The wines tasted are showing a tendency only and it is still the beginning of a longer process of evolution and maturation in the barrels. There might be some changes during the next year and a half until the wines will be bottled, but already today the tendency is quite clear. For most of the red wines it will be an outstanding vintage, a vintage for Cabernet, old vines, limestone and clay soil. It was a challenging year for the vintners. An incredibly wet spring was worrying the winegrowers and at the beginning of June, the spirits were down. However warm and dry weather between June 3 and June 11 creating an close to ideal situation for the flowering and good weather conditions starting in mid June changed the nature of the vintage. The fine weather continued into July and August. The month of August was featuring hot weather and a remarkable amount of sunshine but the absence of rain let to water stress. Heavy rain in mid September set an end to water stress and when the sun returned on September 20 the vintage was saved as there was excellent weather till to the end of the harvest. The effects were various. the white wines are on a good quality level and display fruit and flavour but the acidity is lower than in previous vintages and the white wines show an opulent and rather soft style. The noble sweet wines are extremely pure and are more on the rich and powerful side than on the freshness. For the red wines originating from the right terroirs and old vines, the vintage an be called outstanding. Water stress was managed well on limestone and clay terroirs, Cabernet varieties did extremely well and old vines found water even during the stressful dry periods of summer. In some few red wines the tannins are slightly harsh, almost bitter, a result of water stress and/or intense extraction. In general the red wines are on an excellent level with an advantage for the left bank, mainly the Médoc area, and the classic great terroirs of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol. 

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 Izak Litwar / The most important Scandinavian Bordeaux Critic, Pro (Denmark)  tasted  1 wines  from  Château La Violette . In a tasting of  50 wines 

“Bordeaux 2015 Vintage Part I / I did have quite great expectations for 2015 vintage while tasting barrel samples in two first weeks in April 2016. Mainly because I witnessed during 10 days stay in Bordeaux (28.09 - 08.10), exceptional quality of grapes, their ripeness inside and outside, and very favourable weather in September and October, which promised so much. Expectations weren't fulfilled 100% unfortunately. Anyway, 2015 has nothing to be ashamed of!”

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