chateau la violette, pomerol 2017
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2017 La Violette sails out of the glass with expressive scents of baked plums, blueberry preserves and blackberry pie plus suggestions of spice cake, chocolate box and powdered cinnamon. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers mouth-coating black fruits with a firm, fine-grained frame and long, fragrant finish. 2022 - 2042
A good display of house signature here - tight, firm, bright and intense. This is very much about tight, layered flavours of dark blackberry and cassis coulis. It's clearly well made, with real focus and power - a good vintage for these guys that will take its time. Drinking Window 2027 - 2040
A very tight, refined red with wonderful, fine tannins that are so creamy and finessed. Feels like wonderful silk. Medium-to full-bodied, fresh and vivid. Complex and reserved. A beautiful young red. Drink in 2023.
The 2017 La Violette has an attractive bouquet with raspberry, cranberry and subtle marmalade aromas. Quite pure and more elegant in style compared to recent vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a fine bead of acidity. More red than black fruit towards the finish exerts gentle grip and a pinch of cracked black pepper on the aftertaste. It feels a little more open at this stage than expected but it has the substance to last 15-20 years. Drink 2022-2040.