2014 Le Rocher des Violettes "Touche-Mitaine" Montlouis Sur Loire

SKU #1246926 93 points 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.  (4/2016)

Wine Spectator

 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)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2016 | Send Email
I admit it. I adore Chenin Blanc from the Loire. Here is what I love about the Montlouis Sur Loire area- it's like killer Vouvray but at half the price. Across the street from the famous Vouvray appellation, Montlouis Sur Loire Chenin Blanc from Le Rocher des Violettes is a beautifully pure expression of the varietal. Pear, honey, lemon pith, baking spice and mineral, with wonderful vibrant acidity - and dry as can be. Give me a sunny patio, some cheese, nuts and olives and this wine all day!

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.