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.
1.8 hectares. The property is situated on the Pomerol plateau between Trotanoy and Le Pin Clay and gravel soil.
100 % of Merlot.
Age of vines: pre-1956 vines – Missing and planted.
4800 bottles (based on a yield of 20 HL/Ha),
No second wine.
Undertaken by the same teams as Chateaus Le Gay and Montviel, the vineyard work is effectuated with the same attention whose sole objective is quality : a careful disentangling of the grape bunches during the month of July, followed by an equalization of the maturity at veraison, by removing the bunches if necessary. Leaf-thinning on one side then then other. Depending on maturity, the grapes will be harvested in 2 or 3 times in the same plot. The grapes are individually de-stemmed by hand and micro-vinified in new oak barrels without passing through a crusher.
VINIFICATION AND BARREL AGEING
The alcoholic and malo-lactic fermentations are all undertaken in new French oak barrels.
Barrel ageing will last for between 12 and 18 months.
In Bordeaux, the heat resulted in early flowering. Also, this led to an early harvest after a very hot summer. As a starting point, there is great maturity in the grapes, and one can expect a more opulent vintage than in the last few years.
The summer this year has been the warmest since 1959, yet the rain has fallen at the right times during the growing season. The harvest took place two weeks before the norm and will yield grapes with high potential alcohol and the lowest acidity since the 2003 vintage. As they say in Bordeaux: "It has been a good and extreme growing season which hopefully also produces great wines".