2011 La Violette, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090951 93 points 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.  (4/ 2014)

90-93 points 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.  (5/ 2012)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (4/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (4/ 2012)

K&L Notes

** 100% Merlot from 80-year-old vines. Very fat and lush, with layers of fruit and considerable ripe tannins. Sweet finish.

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By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/2/2014  | Send Email
Very pure fruit, lush and seamless in the mouth, with tons of mocha and chocolate flavors, spice and lots of integrated and round tannins. 91-93 points.

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Varietal:

Merlot

- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Bordeaux

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Specific Appellation:

Pomerol