2011 La Violette, Pomerol (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1090951 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Copious aromas of kirsch, raspberry and black currant fruit are followed by a silky, opulent wine with ripe tannin as well as tremendous fruit intensity. The remarkable thing about La Violette is that once you have tasted a few vintages, you will never forget this wine. It is reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of nearby Lafleur and the grand cru Burgundy, Musigny. This 2011 should drink well young, but last 15 or more years.  (4/ 2012)

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. Trey: 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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