2017 Le Rocher des Violettes "Touche-Mitaine" Montlouis Sur Loire

SKU #1373884 92 points Wine & Spirits

 Xavier Weisskopf’s 22.5-acre domaine in Montlouis includes this ten-acre parcel of mature chenin on clay and silex over limestone. He farms organically, and consistently produces beautiful chenins, like this 2017 Touche-Mitaine, a wine with flesh and tension. Rich and round, the wine is also cool and zesty, sparked with lemongrass and ginger flavors. This will only improve with a few years in the cellar.  (4/2019)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and pure, featuring white ginger, jasmine, verbena, yellow apple and quince notes streaming through. Offers a racy, filigreed finish, with a light, mouthwatering feel. Drink now through 2024. (JM)  (11/2018)

90 points John Gilman

 The Montlouis “Touche-Mitaine” from Xavier Weisskopf is from a parcel of thirty-five year-old vines, three-quarters of which Monsieur Weisskopf raises in older casks and twenty-five percent in stainless steel tanks. The 2017 Touche-Mitaine offers up a superb bouquet of quince, lime, chalky soil tones, a touch of lanolin, beeswax and a gentle topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and quite dry in personality, with a good core, fine soil signature, bright acids and fine length and grip on the youthful and gently chalk dusty finish. Structurally, this is accessible today, but the wine has not really started to develop any of its secondary complexity and I would be inclined to let it sleep in the cellar for a while and really let it blossom properly. (Drink between 2021-2055) 90+  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Importer's notes: "From a seven and a half acre parcel named 'Touch of the Mitten' because it’s cold up there during pruning season. Planted primarily in 1979, this is Xavier’s youngest parcel of Chenin, growing in limestone flint soil. This is normally raised entirely in older barrels, although the very productive year of 2015 outpaced his supply of barrels so a third was raised in steel. The élevage goes for six months with regular lees stirring, after which the wine is bottled to preserve fruit and elegance. Production averages 1,875 cases."

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