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La Violette (6xbt)

2016 La Violette (6xbt)

The 2016 La Violette is pure Merlot picked from 4 to 7 October at just 29 hectoliters per hectare, de-stemmed by hand and matured in 100% new oak. It has a lower alcohol level than Le Gay at 13.5%, because the terroir is cooler. The bouquet is very opulent and showy, plush red cherries intermingling with crème de cassis and blueberry jam, missing the delineation of some of its peers. This is strange because with that lower alcohol level, I was expecting something more terroir-driven. The palate is full-bodied, although certainly not as glossy or as flamboyant as older vintages of La Violette. It is well balanced, overtly modern in style and very polished as always. However, it is missing that complexity and engaging personality that other Pomerols possess on the finish. I probably have a preference for the 2015 La Violette, even though this is a very attractive, if slightly predictable wine. Drink Date 2022 - 2040
 
Score: 91-93                                    Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com (230)

CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
Vintage2016
WineryLa Violette
ColourRed
Grape100% Merlot
AvailabilitySpring 2019
DutyEP
AppellationPomerol
PackagingOWC
Price: £1,070.00


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