Copious aromas of kirsch, raspberry and black currant fruit are followed by a silky, opulent wine with ripe tannin as well as tremendous fruit intensity. The remarkable thing about La Violette is that once you have tasted a few vintages, you will never forget this wine. It is reminiscent of a hypothetical blend of nearby Lafleur and the grand cru Burgundy, Musigny. This 2011 should drink well young, but last 15 or more years.
It's a shame so little of this wine is made by proprietress Madame Pere-Verge. One of the most singular and intriguing wines of Bordeaux, smelling the 2011's extraordinary bouquet is akin to walking into a parfumerie.
Score: 93/95, Robert Parker,
Wine Advocate (200), April 2012