The 2019 La Violette has a well-defined nose with black fruit, pencil box, truffle and incense aromas, tight at first but blossoming with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with plusher tannins than the Le Gay. Well defined with a keen thread of acidity, this is concentrated on the finish with a long black pepper infused aftertaste. Backward in style, but it will reward patience. Tasted blind at the Southwold annual tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2050
Robert Parker 93
From a site with soils richer in clay that’s planted with more Merlot, the 2019 La Violette is even more powerful than its stablemate Le Gay. Offering up aromas of plum preserve, strawberry liqueur, loamy soil, burning embers, spices and dark chocolate, it’s full-bodied, thick and textural, with a rich, muscular profile and a broad, heady finish. This is a ripe, powerful wine that privileges impact over finesse, but it will give plenty of pleasure for admirers of the style.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2039