2009 Chateau La Violette (Case of Six OWC)

Year: 2009
Appellation: Pomerol
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 98
Vinous Media: 88-91
Jeff Leve: 96
James Suckling: 92
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"This is very enticing, with a creamy mocha edge framing the dark plum, anise and boysenberry fruit core. Long and plush through the finish, as the toast melds nicely. Best from 2013 through 2025. 250 cases made. " (WS)

"Wow, did I underrate this wine from cask. I thought it was outstanding, but this wine is one of the superstars of the vintage. An extraordinarily provocative, exotic nose of a florist shop intermixed with raspberry and blueberry liqueur soars from the glass of this very aromatic/fragrant wine. Dense purple in color, with silky tannins, a full-bodied mouthfeel, great nobility and palate penetration, this is a sensational, compelling Pomerol to drink over the next 20-25 years." (WA)

"Ruby-purple. A slightly overripe nose of black plum, candied violet and mint. Much better on the palate initially, with enticing blueberry, dark plum, mint and spice flavors lifted by adequate acidity, but I found myself wishing for a bit more sweetness and flesh. Finishes with above-average complexity and length, but the tannins turn a bit dry. I may have caught this at an awkward stage. La Violette is typically a wine of almost haunting finesse, but this 2009 seems to have been overextracted. If the fruit comes around and the tannins resolve over time, my score will look ungenerous." (IWC)

"Violets, truffle, wet earth, chocolate and black raspberry scents create an intoxicating perfume. On the palate, the wine is lush, sexy, rich and opulent in texture. Intense and complex, the wine ends with a long, pure sensation of spicy plum and black cherry. 96 points - Tasted May 11, 2012" (JL)

"A wine with delicate, yet ripe fruit character such as blueberries and vanilla. Full and very silky with fine tannins and a delicious finish. Best in 2015." (JS)