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Old-vine Chenin Blanc from Le Rocher des Violettes


Vineyard, Image from Le Rocher de Violettes

Earlier in the month I was curious to try more Chenin Blanc so I purchased this bottle upon Phil’s recommendation.  There is nothing new I may add about Le Rocher des Violettes that is not already covered by Chris Kissack’s thorough producer profile and that of Vintage ’59.  In short, Xavier Weisskopf pursued a degree in viticulture and enology in Chablis.  Upon graduation he became chef du cave for Louis Barruol of Chateau de Saint Cosme.  There in Gigondas he produced four vintages. In 2005 he purchased 22 acres of old vines and a 15th century stone cellar in Saint Martin le Beau.  The vineyards were the property of two old vignerons and had fallen into a chaotic state.   The vines are rather old, most were planted before WWII with some of the Cot planted in 1891.  Xavier restored the vineyards and today farms organically, severely prunes the young vines, harvests by hand, uses indigenous yeasts, and prefers wood over stainless steel.

Entrance, Image by tertoog (flickr)

This is a fine off-dry wine.  It is interesting both on the nose and in the mouth.  Now that I have tried it I am quite curious to taste Xavier’s other wines.  This wine is available at MacArthur Beverages.

2010 Le Rocher des Violettes, Les Borderies, Montlouis-sur-Loire – $22
Imported by Vintage ’59.  This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from the 2.5 acre Les Borderies parcel which averages 80 years of age.  The fruit was fermented in wood with indigenous yeasts then aged for six months in older demi-muids barrels.  RS ~15g/l, Alcohol 13%.  The color is a light straw with a copper hint.  The nose is lightly textured with aromas of ripe white fruit and a little dried floral aspect.  In the mouth it is a bit puckering with off-dry, yeasty apple flavors.  There is some weight as the flavors become less sweet.  The wine becomes tangy with air, like fresh fruit, and shows plenty of acidity in the finish and aftertaste.  There is a subtle hint of stones.  This will age.  *** Now-2022.

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  1. October 11, 2012 at 8:03 am

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