2014 Le Rocher des Violettes "Touche-Mitaine" Montlouis Sur Loire
Wine & Spirits
Xavier Weisskopf makes this wine from his youngest parcel of vines—30 years old—grown in silex and clay. Pascaline Lepeltier of NYC’s Rouge Tomate called this “a chenin for guys who like extra-brut Champagne—super lean, pristine.” That clean precision of chenin on silex captures the breadth of the vintage and cages it, slowly releasing stony minerality, a tart flavor of yellow apple skin, a spicy floral note of white flowers. This is a powerful young wine that won’t be ready to drink for five years or more.
This offers bright-edged peach, quince and ginger notes enlivened by a dried chamomile thread. The finish is a bit tight and tangy in feel, without Chenin's typical generosity, but with good cut and energy. Drink now through 2017. (JM, Web-2016)
About Le Rocher des Violettes, from the importer: "For a young man from the north of France, Xavier Weisskopf has an impressive track record in the world of wine. He went to school in Chablis, where his winemaking ambitions took flight and led to the wine school in Beaune. After earning a degree in viticulture and enology, he went to work for Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas. It doesn't hurt that he cuts an impressive profile as a tall, handsome young man with the skills and the determination to make wines exactly as he sees fit. This determination, along with his love for the Chenin Blanc grape, informed his choice to leave the Rhone and set up shop in the Loire Valley where he farms by plow according to strict organic methods and harvests by hand."