2015 Rocher des Violettes Touche-Mittaine Chenin Blanc

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The 2015 Rocher des Violettes Touche-Mittaine Chenin Blanc offers up a classic nose of apple, quince, chalky minerality, a bit of orange peel, dried flowers and a just a whisper of lanolin in the upper register. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and finished as a Sec, with a fine core, good acids and grip, fine focus and a long, ripe and complex finish. This is Chenin Blanc at its most focused and intense. Pure saline-infused magic.

The Touche-Mittaine comes from incredible terroir – the 35 year-old vines survive by growing between shallow silex rocks before hitting pure chalk. The effect is one of bracing minerality and acidity.

Rocher des Violettes is the project of Xavier Weisskopf, a young winemaker with a big future. Having acquired nine hectares of prized  limestone and silex terroir in Montlouis, he began a conversion to organics and now creates sublime mineral tinged Chenin Blanc.