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Le Vieux Pin Syrah Cuvee Violette 2017

Canada, British Columbia
4.1 VO
90 JR
93 JG
92 WA
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Le Vieux Pin Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah 99.5%, Viognier 0.5%
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Region Okanagan Valley
Producer Le Vieux Pin Winery
Vintage 2017
Color Red Wine
Varietal(s) Syrah 99.5%, Viognier 0.5%
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.4%
Product Code B011R00417
UPC 808755020478
Inventory Very Low Stock (7)
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Tasting notes

Cuvée Violette, as the name suggests, displays the perfumed and floral side of this noble grape variety. The palate is silky smooth thanks to a gentle co-ferment with just over 0.5% Viognier. The focus is on the feminine and graceful qualities of Syrah coming to the foreground. In the cellar we kid around and call this wine a syrah for Pinot Noir lovers.

Crunchy bramble fruit and purple flowers mingle with pepper and spice. Raspberries and saskatoon berries burst on the nose and on the palate. While 2016 was a more structured vintage, this Cuvée in 2017 is ready to be enjoyed and savoured upon release. It can be aged for the mid-term (5-7 years). It will most likely continue to improve past that age too.


Duck breast with pink peppercorn sauce. Steak Dianne with a flambé of crème de violette and cassis moutarde is a match made in heaven.

90Jancis Robinson
Tamlyn Currin.  This smelt so much like Bovril and plum jam on wholewheat toast that I went and made a piece, just to make sure. Yip. There is even a little wild bramble berry to this. Will suit an unadorned, pasture-raised-and-nished, organic sirloin steak. The longer the wine is open, the more peppery and determined it becomes. Fresh herbs through the nish, tannins with the laconic, coiled ease of a soldier o duty on base camp. Stunning with Haford cheddar. Drink 2021 – 2026
93Wineanorak (Jamie Goode)
13.4% alcohol. Fruit from Golden Mile Bench, Black Sage Bench and north Oliver. This has 0.5% Viognier in the blend, which is fermented and aged in a mix of steel, concrete and large oak, and then after 9 months finishes off for 6 months in neutral barrels. This is a beautiful expression of cool-climate Syrah. There’s a lovely fine, nervy, green sappy edge to the floral red and black cherry fruit. Such freshness and purity on the palate, with green-tinged fresh cherry fruit with a bit of pepper and a smooth, sleek texture. Has real drinkability and purity. Cuvée Violette is the youthful, pretty, perfumed, purple fruited and coquettish sister of the LVP Syrah family (which is growing every year it seems). This year, the southern Okanagan fruit was co-fermented with a wee splash of 0.5% Viognier. For the first time, new concrete tulip vats were added to the ageing vessels along with large oak botti and French oak barrique. Classic syrah: with minimal reduction upon opening, leading to roasted meats, crushed violets, dark soils, grilled plums, cracked peppercorns, housed by plump tannins to a very peppery finish buoyed with a grapefruit pith acidity. So well put together, and drinking beautifully now, especially with a slight chill — a BC classic.
Funky, wet woollen nose with a slight reduction, not so much peppery as cheesy. More peppery to taste with juicy dark red fruit and a chalky finale. Very characterful and needing time to open, develop and rejoice. And as it begins to do so, it does so in regaling fashion, with open brightness, persistence and a salty, fine-grained finish. Drink 2020-2025. Tasted blind at NWAC19, June 2019. (Michael Godel)


BC VQA Okanagan Valley


  • Grapes in Blend: 99.5% Syrah, 0.5% Viognier
  • Grown: South Okanagan
  • Vineyard: Various
  • Age of Vines: 12-17 year old vines
  • Soil Origin: Various
  • Soil Type: Various
  • Yield: Average 3.5 tons/acre
  • Clarification: Unfined, lightly coarse filtered
  • Aging: 15 months: 9 months in conrete tulip vats and large oak botti, 6 months in neutral French oak barrique

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Producer Description

Le Vieux Pin takes its inspiration from the finest Rhone Valley wines Syrah and Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, while embracing the specific terroir of the famous Black Sage Bench overlooking the valley. The goal at Le Vieux Pin is to make wines that capture the essence of French winemaking tradition, but with the fruit and character of the New World; wines that are elegant and focused, with great intensity of fruit. Though extremely limited in production, these wines have found homes in Top European restaurants and are available in minute quantities here in Japan with us now.

Since releasing their first vintage in 2005, Le Vieux Pin has captured the essence of traditional French winemaking, along with the bold New World character distinct to the region. Considered by the national wine industry to be a leading Syrah producer, the winery uses low input viticulture and non- interventionist winemaking to make exclusive vintages that carry with them a sense of time and place. These fine wines can be savoured nationwide and internationally, at select culinary hot spots, gastronomical institutions and fine wine merchants.

Severine Pinte - Winemaker & Viticulturist, Managing Partner

Severine Pinte

Severine Pinte came to Le Vieux Pin in 2010 with 14 harvests of international winemaking experience under her belt along with 8 years of vineyard management. Severine is a graduate of the illustrious ENSAM (Ecole National Superior Agronomic of Montpellier) where she acquired her Masters in viticulture and oenology, and her National Diploma of Oenology.After leaving ENSAM she apprenticed at the Cave de Tecou in the AOC Gaillac before coming for the first time to British Columbia to work for Domaine de Chaberton as an assistant winemaker. In 1999 she returned to France and worked a year in Bordeaux under the direction of Andre Lurton in Pessac-Leognan then returned to the Languedoc. For nine years Severine was head winemaker and viticultural council for ‘Le Vignoble des 2 terres’ in the Terrasse du Larzac terroir.

In the winter of 2003, she took leave for harvest at Frankland Estate winery in Western Australia and enjoyed learning a different take on her beloved Syrah and Viognier.Curiosity and the pursuit of new challenges brought Severine to the Okanagan and she brought with her an astute understanding of wine and terroir. Her favorite quote is from Jean Hugel: “100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality.”

For her, the Okanagan, with its unique terroir and cool climate, has always been intriguing.We are delighted to have Severine leading our viticulture and winemaking team; she is the perfect candidate to craft world class Syrah and Viognier in the South Okanagan.

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