CHATEAU LA VIOLETTE

Text by Sora Chan, Senior Wine Specialist

Wine these days, and particularly discussions of one’s favourite or the best, is primarily focused on Burgundy.  The prices keep on rising for the wines of this coveted region.  I remember the days when I was just starting out in wine back in 2010, when the prices for Bordeaux were crazy.

Two of the primary reasons for Burgundy’s success in the market is its distinctly unique terroir among the vineyards and the ever so small quantities produced. In general, these qualities are hard to find in Bordeaux. But, they do exist. . . don’t forget about Pomerol. It’s the wild card area with many Châteaux that you may not have heard of as well as wines delivering flavours and characteristics true to their terroir. Does this remind you a bit of Burgundy? It does for me as I’m still exploring in both areas and finding wines that speak of their place.

Today, I wanted to share with you a jewel in Pomerol that I believe few wine lovers know. The history of Château La Violette started in the late 19th Century. This château was owned by a cooper who made wine barrels for other estates. Then, around the late 1960s, people started to discover the wines. The quality of these wines dramatically increased when the late Catherine Péré-Vergé (1939-2013) took over the ownership and management of the property in the 2006 vintage. This property which is a mere 1.68 ha. (For your reference, Romanée-Conti is 1.81ha, and Le Pin is 1.2ha. Petrus is 11.5ha). With this tiny size, the production is only 250 cases per year or approximately 3,000 bottles. The vineyard consists of four plots in two main parcels containing only old Merlot vines, their average age is 60 years old and some are over 75 years old. Their best terroir is located between Le Pin and Château Trotanoy. These vines are the heart and soul of La Violette. To produce the wine of Château La Violette, the berries are destemmed by hand which takes up to sixty workers to complete. Then, the whole berry fruit undergoes cold maceration for close to twenty days before fermentation in 100% new, French oak barrels. The yields are low, and the fermentation takes place in barrel. In addition, the operation is so small that there is no winery or cellar at Château La Violette; all the wine is made at Château Le Gay.

The price for this jewel isn’t cheap as Château La Violette is hard to find. Most of the bottles are already in some collector's cellar. If you’re a fan of Le Pin or Petrus, then Château La Violette should be in your cellar too. It’s even harder to find than Le Pin, really. We’ve managed to acquire an outstanding array for you, including bottles from 1960s and 1970s.... I am not joking. I don't think you can find any of these bottles in the market today. This offering may be your only chance to take some home to taste. Don't miss it! 

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Vintage Wine Bottle Size Unit of sale Qty of unit Qty of btl Btl price (HKD) Score Location
1966 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 1 1 6,000 - HK
1970 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 10 10 1,500 - HK
1970 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 21 21 3,200 - HK
1971 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 24 24 1,600 - HK
1971 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 7 7 3,500 - HK
1975 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 10 10 1,400 - HK
1975 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 2 2 3,000 - HK
1982 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 10 10 2,200 - HK
1982 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 1 1 5,000 - HK
1983 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 23 23 900 - HK
1983 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 34 34 2,000 - HK
1983 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 2 2 900 - SHOP
1985 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 72 72 1,000 - HK
1985 Chateau La Violette 1500 BOTTLE 27 27 2,200 - HK
2005 Chateau La Violette 750 OWC12 1 12 1,200 - HK-P
2008 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 4 4 2,500 WA95 HK
2008 Chateau La Violette 750 OWC6 1 6 2,500 WA95 HK
2011 Chateau La Violette 750 BOTTLE 11 11 2,200 WA93 HK
1966 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 6,000 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
6,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1970 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,500 / BTL 10 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
10
Btl price (HKD)
1,500
Score
-
Location
HK
1970 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 3,200 / BTL 21 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
21
Qty of btl
21
Btl price (HKD)
3,200
Score
-
Location
HK
1971 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,600 / BTL 24 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
24
Qty of btl
24
Btl price (HKD)
1,600
Score
-
Location
HK
1971 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 3,500 / BTL 7 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
7
Qty of btl
7
Btl price (HKD)
3,500
Score
-
Location
HK
1975 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,400 / BTL 10 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
10
Btl price (HKD)
1,400
Score
-
Location
HK
1975 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 3,000 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
3,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1982 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 10 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
10
Qty of btl
10
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
-
Location
HK
1982 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 5,000 / BTL 1 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
1
Btl price (HKD)
5,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1983 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 900 / BTL 23 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
23
Qty of btl
23
Btl price (HKD)
900
Score
-
Location
HK
1983 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,000 / BTL 34 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
34
Qty of btl
34
Btl price (HKD)
2,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1983 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE SHOP HKD 900 / BTL 2 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
2
Qty of btl
2
Btl price (HKD)
900
Score
-
Location
SHOP
1985 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 1,000 / BTL 72 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
72
Qty of btl
72
Btl price (HKD)
1,000
Score
-
Location
HK
1985 Chateau La Violette
1500 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 27 BTL available
Bottle size
1500
Qty of unit
27
Qty of btl
27
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
-
Location
HK
2005 Chateau La Violette
750 ml OWC12 HK-P HKD 1,200 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
12
Btl price (HKD)
1,200
Score
-
Location
HK-P
2008 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,500 / BTL 4 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
4
Qty of btl
4
Btl price (HKD)
2,500
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2008 Chateau La Violette
750 ml OWC6 HK HKD 2,500 / BTL 1 case available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
1
Qty of btl
6
Btl price (HKD)
2,500
Score
WA95
Location
HK
2011 Chateau La Violette
750 ml BOTTLE HK HKD 2,200 / BTL 11 BTL available
Bottle size
750
Qty of unit
11
Qty of btl
11
Btl price (HKD)
2,200
Score
WA93
Location
HK
The wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. Title to all wine remains with The Fine Wine Experience until paid for in full.
HK / HK storage; ready for delivery within 1-2 business days.
HK-Shop / available for in-store purchase in Sheung Wan.
HK Pre-arrival wines in transit to Hong Kong. Please contact us for arrival estimate.
En-Primeur / wines still in chateau; will arrange delivery to once wine is received in HK