2011 La Violette, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The late Madame Pere-Verge owned this little jewel of a property. The stunning 2011 exhibits a beautiful deep ruby/purple color as well as lots of floral notes, and a broad textured opulence that is atypical for the vintage. Fruity and rich, this successful, medium to full-bodied 2011 does not quite match the quality of the 2008, 2009 or 2010, but it is another brilliant effort from La Violette. Drink it over the next 10-15 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Medium-deep ruby-red. Pure aromas of cassis and minerals, with complicating notes of mocha, mint and licorice. Bright, suave and densely packed, showing very good energy and intensity to the flavors of cassis, graphite and fresh violet. The long, perfumed finish features a flavor of crushed blackberry and a whiplash of harmonious acidity. Another wine in the stable of Catherine Peré-Vergé that seems much less extracted than usual and reminiscent of the excellent 2008 made here.
Solid, with friendly plum sauce and raspberry fruit caressed by lightly toasted spice notes. Nice rounded feel through the finish. Almost too easy in feel, but the length is there, so this should put on some weight.
100% Merlot. Destemmed by hand and fermented, after cold maceration, in 100% new oak barrels. Sweet and chocolatey. Much more savoury and dense than Le Gay. Richer but less giving and needs more time. Tannins are dense but very polished. Long and rich.
** 100% Merlot from 80-year-old vines. Very fat and lush, with layers of fruit and considerable ripe tannins. Sweet finish.