Château La Violette, Pomerol, 2014

  Château La Violette

Henri Parent explained that 2014 was the first vintage to be micro-vinified in their very impressive new cellar. Wine-maker, Marcello Pelleriti now has 470 barrels instead of the 12 large vats he used to work with. This enables much more precise vinifications. Produced from a tiny 1.6 hectare plot of Merlot close to VCC and le Pin. The wine will be aged for 15 months in 100% new Saury barrels. Violette is not what some might assume. Yes it is the darling of Robert Parker and it holds a micro cuvee status, but this is far from garagiste - there is something very real and mineral here, a serious, saline, understated wine that will reward those with patience. Initially starry and polished with some heady perfumed notes of cedar intertwined with decadent Merlot fruits. This is less open than Le Gay and more mineral with a real sense of tension. We were impressed by the clarity and intensity here and the discrete length of flavour. This could be very impressive.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château La Violette

Catherine Péré-Vergé bought this minute estate from Frederic Dumas in 2005. The domaine’s fortune changed almost immediately. A virtual unknown has become one of the most desirable wines in Pomerol.

Situated close to Trotanoy and le Pin, the tiny 1.6 hectare slice of Pomerol is ably managed by Catherine Péré-Vergé’s charming son, Henri Parent. The vineyards have been extensively replanted and are now 100% Merlot. There are many 60 year old plus vines planted at a density of 5500 feet per hectare, with new root-stock planted at a density of 9900 vines per hectare.

Henri, who also managed sister property, Le Gay gave us a tour of their futuristic new winery in 2015. 2014 was the first vintage to be micro-vinified in this very impressive new cellar. This allows wine-maker, Marcello Pelleriti and consultant oenologist Michel Rolland far more precision during wine-making. Production, as you would imagine is very small; typically 250 cases a year. As the new plantings come to fruition this will steadily increase, but for now, this coveted label (particularly after Robert Parker’s eulogy for the 2010), is one of the most difficult wines to find in Bordeaux.

Appellation: Pomerol

Pomerol’s Merlot-dominated wines at their best are rich, seductive and silky. For hundreds of years Pomerol was considered as nothing but a satellite district of neighbouring St-Émilion to the east, and it was not really until not until the 1950s that Pomerol started its meteoric rise led by Château Petrus. By far the most dominant merchants in the region are Jean-Pierre Moueix who own or distribute the majority of the finest properties in Pomerol, the most renowned being Petrus.

Pomerol's finest wines originate from the highest parts of the plateau, which is predominantly gravel and clay, with an iron rich subsoil called crasse de fer.
Apparently as important in fashioning wines that are plump, voluptuous, and richly Merlot dominates plantings dramatically, though the notable exception is Vieux Château Certan, nearly half of their estate is devoted Cabernet Franc. Pomerol has no no official classification, but its small scale wines fetch some of the greatest prices for wine in the world. The regions greatest names are Pétrus, Lafleur, Certan de May, Hosanna, La Fleur de Gay, L'Église-Clinet, Le Pin, La Conseillante, Trotanoy, , L'Évangile, Latour-à-Pomerol, and Vieux-Ch-Certan

Grape Type: Merlot

The supple, alluring plummy characteristics of Merlot have made it hugely popular the world over. It is often blended with the more structured Cabernet Sauvignon, though on its own there are some very serious, long-lived examples in Pomerol and Saint Emilion, where it is planted on both cool clay and hotter gravely soils. It is grown more extensively throughout France and the rest of the world to produce soft, approachable, uncomplicated wines, namely in the Languedoc, Chile, California, Italy and Australia.