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A Pair of White Wines


We continue our exploration of white wines by recently tasting two selections from Cune and Le Rocher Des Violettes.  Of these two I recommend you try the Cune.  It has some engaging complexity, will last several days in the refrigerator,and it is cheap!  The Le Rocher Des Violettes reveals quite a lot of acidity and never developed much depth of flavor.  I actually prefer off-dry Les Bourderies over this dry Touche-Mitaine.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2011 Cune, Monopole, Rioja – $13
Imported by Europvin USA.  This wine is 100% Viura fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel.  TA 5.3 g/L, pH 3.3, Alcohol 13%.  The color is a very light straw.  The fine nose is light and interesting with ripe white fruit and flowers.  In the mouth there is white, stoney fruit, citrus, and a moderately bodied mouthfeel in the middle.  There are stones and dried herbs followed by a touch of sweet spices and dried herbs in the finish.  It is a bit crisp, with dry flavors and a drying aftertaste.  There is plenty of acidity at first which tapers off then returns towards the end.  *** Now-2014.

2010 Le Rocher Des Violettes, Touche-Mitaine, Montlouis-sur-Loire – $22
Imported by Vintage ’59.  This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc sourced from a four hectare parce of 30+ year old vines on limestone and flint soil.  A portion of the wine is, up to 33%, is raised in stainless steel with the rest in used barrels.  It is aged for six months.  Alcohol 13%.  The color is a light straw with a hint of copper.  The nose is reminiscent of a field.  In the mouth the wine follows the nose with vibrant acidity which drives the flavors.  Citrus flavors expand on and to the sides of the tongue.  This is a very precise wine with tangy, chalky notes, and a dry finish.  There is a persistent mouth-filling aftertaste.  Should be drunk with food.  ** Now-2017.

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