Le Rocher des Violettes Chenin Blanc 2014
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This is a bubbly wine imageLe Rocher des Violettes Chenin Blanc 2014

Wine & Spirits 93
"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 ... read more
This is a bubbly wine
Item ID: #28001
Size: 750mL (bubbly)
Closure: Cork

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Wine & Spirits 93
"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."

The Wine
Certified organic
One of five growers making Pétillant Originel – a rare, natural appellation that mandates low yields and zero modern intervention
100% Chenin Blanc grown on clay-limestone
40+ year old vines
1/3 of wines fermented in older wooden vats, 2/3 in stainless steel tanks
Bottled with its native yeasts, zero dosage
Bracingly pure and mouthwatering bubbles

The Estate
Xavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 after studying winemaking in Chablis and Beaune and earning his degree in viticulture and oenology. He quickly went to work for the hard working and demanding Lous Barruol at famed Gigondas producer Chateau de Saint Cosme. He quickly rose to the rank of chef du cave, making 4 vintages during his tenure. His love for Chenin Blanc drew him to Montlouis, where an underappreciation of this historic appellation allowed him to acquire 9 hectares of sacred old vine sites (mostly planted pre WWII!). He immediately converted the farming of all his vines to certified organics, with the aim to allow these precious old vines to speak without obfuscation. This traditional philosophy extends into the cellar where his use of older barrels shows the deft touch of true Chenin zen. His goal is simply to make wines of clarity and focus, in very much a Thibaud Boudignon-esque style of laser precision. The results are inarguable; they are fact, they are truth.

Farming Practice:Certified Organic

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Le Rocher Des ViolettesXavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 after studying winemaking in Chablis and Beaune and earning his degree in viticulture and oenology. He quickly went to work for the hard working and demanding Lous Barruol at famed Gigondas producer Chateau de Saint Cosme. He quickly rose to the rank of chef du cave, making 4 vintages during his tenure. His love for Chenin Blanc drew him to Montlouis, where an underappreciation of this historic appellation allowed him to acquire 9 hectares of sacred old vine sites (mostly planted pre WWII!). He immediately converted the farming of all his vines to certified organics, with the aim to allow these precious old vines to speak without obfuscation. This traditional philosophy extends into the cellar where his use of older barrels shows the deft touch of true Chenin zen. His goal is simply to make wines of clarity and focus, in very much a Thibaud Boudignon-esque style of laser precision. The results are inarguable; they are fact, they are truth.

Farming Practice:Certified Organic

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Reviews (2)

Barb

Very refreshing, smooth, not too sweet or dry, sparklingly white. Delicious!

Benjamin

Good

"Good bubbly; excellent qpr"

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