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2010 Château La Violette

  • 100 WA
  • 94 WS
  • 93 IWC
  • 92 JS
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 52664-2010

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 93

    Inky-ruby. Very pure, ripe blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose, with hints of fresh violet, minerals and cured tobacco. The sweet dark berry and candied black cherry flavors display impressive depth and lingering minerality, but the building, palate-coating tannins are tough going today. Finishes with excellent persistence, but this wine left me scrambling for something to eat. Best today on the profound, perfumed nose, this is a very impressive, serious wine. But as with other wines from Catherine Pere-Verge's stable this year (witness Le Gay and Montviel), I found it a little too extracted for my taste, although considerably less so than those two. I am normally a huge fan of La Violette, which is often one of the purest and daintiest expressions of Pomerol (certainly, its terroir is arguably among the very best of the appellation), so it may well be that all the 2010 needs is time in the bottle to resolve its fierce tannic shroud. In that case, my score will look ungenerous.
    Author: Ian D'Agata
    Issue: May/June 2011
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 100

    Sadly, there's not a whole lot of production to this microscopic estate in Pomerol, but the name says it all. The awesome aromatics include not only raspberries, black cherries, and blackberry, but also the floral perfume of an haute couture house. Its terrific aromatics are followed by a wine with quintessential elegance married to almost unbridled density of fruit, all presented in a flawless and seamless concoction of full-bodied power, elegance and purity. This is a riveting wine and certainly one of the great classics to ever be produced by this tiny estate. Kudos to proprietress Catherine Pere-Verge.
    Drink Dates: 2016 - 2035
    Author: Robert Parker
    Issue: 205
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 94

    Sports lush, heady fig, boysenberry and plum jam aromas and flavors, with a creamy mouthfeel and lots of licorice, fruitcake and ganache notes showing on the finish. Not shy and plenty dense, but retains a velvety feel and solid focus. For fans of the flashier style. Best from 2014 through 2030.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2030
    Author: James Molesworth
    Issue: Mar 31, 2013
  • Vinous | Rating: 96

    Deep red-ruby. Rich aromas and flavors of cassis, dark cherry, cedar and minerals, complemented by sexy oak nuances. Rich but not excessively weighty on the palate, offering an outstanding combination of density and intensity of flavor. Finishes with noble, fine-grained tannins and subtle notes of black pepper and herbs. Less dainty and floral than the 2009, but with greater depth. As with many wines from the late Catherine portfolio, the tannins here have smoothed out considerably since the Primeurs.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: Jul 2013
  • James Suckling | Rating: 92

    Charming floral nose with violet and fragrant wild strawberries. Equally fine on the palate with wonderfully textured fine fruit and silky tannins. Racy and well balanced. So drinkable now but better in 2016.
    Drink Dates: 2016+
    Author: James Suckling
    Issue: Saturday, February 16, 2013
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  • Collector Data For This Wine

    • 30 bottles owned
    • 6 collectors