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Review by: Robert Parker
Wine Advocate: # 182 April 2009
Rating: 96-98 POINTS
Drink 2012-2042

All that has changed as evidenced by the profound 2008. This flowery, flamboyant, complex Pomerol exhibits incredible sweetness, an inky/ruby/purple color, and a sensational, full-bodied, velvety, lush texture (crammed with blue and black fruits) that caresses the palate with a delicacy as well as the incredible substance of a world-class dancer. The sweetness of the tannin, beautiful precision and purity, nuanced character from good acids, and incredibly low yields have resulted in an other-worldly, sublime wine that clearly merits its name. This 2008 Pomerol will be drinkable in 3-4 years, and should evolve for three decades. This is another estate that has been resurrected by the dynamic Catherine Pere-Verge and her winemaking team, led by Michel Rolland. Previously, La Violette, much like St.-Emilion’s Chateau Belair, was just going through the motions, taking no risks, never crop-thinning. Moreover, there was no selection in either the vineyard or the triage tables.
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