As with sister property, Le Gay, this is the second vintage of Violette to be micro-vinified in their very impressive new cellar. Produced from a tiny 1.6 hectare plot of Merlot close to VCC and le Pin, this is a 100% Merlot cuvee and 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. We were impressed by the minerality and salinity of the 2014. Unfortunately, the 2015 appeared a bit ponderous and soupy after the rather exquisite Le Gay. Intensely plummy, almost jammy notes, cloves, velvety loganberry fruit and liquorice. This is impressive in terms of its concentration and creamy mid-palate, but perhaps lacks a bit of vitality and lift. Just 5500 bottles will be produced.
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.
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