B-21 Top Recommendation
His name is Marcelo Pelleriti; his resume includes a 100 point Parker rating for his 2010 Chateau La Violette Pomerol, a 98 point rating for his 2009, a 99 point rating for his 2010 Chateau Le Gay Pomerol and a 96+ rating by Parker for his 2009. And he is renowned for being "the first Argentine winemaker to receive 100 points from Robert Parker for a Bordeaux wine." When I tasted with him in South America, I understood why his recent ratings run neck and neck with his Bordeaux scores. He has been commuting between Mendoza and Pomerol since 2000, "the unsung star" (per Wine Advocate) of the late Cathérine Père-Vergé's Pomerol estates – Le Gay & La Violette – and the most important vintner as well as consulting oenologist to some of the biggest names in Argentina – Bodega y Viñedos Monteviejo & Clos de Los Siete to name but two. Tasting the fruits of his labor speaks volumes, but he prefers to remain behind the curtain; as sought out as Michel Rolland, yet 180° apart in terms of personality. The purity here is unmatched, the value head-spinning.