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Le Rocher des Violettes Touraine Cabernet Franc 2015

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100% Cabernet franc from 3 plots of vines totaling just 1 hectare of vines averaging around 40 years old. The grapes for this wine are de-stemmed before crushing and then vinified like Burgundy with daily pump-overs and gentle punching down. Ageing is done in barrels of one to 3 years old for 20 months and the resulting wine is remarkably perfumed fresh and bright giving a violet perfume so typical of the very best Cabernet franc with fine silky tannins and bright fresh brambly fruit. Totally delicious and will shows how great Cabernet franc can be in the right hands. - Importer Note

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Xavier Weisskopf is one of the new generation of young producers buying into appellations in the Loire that are less developed and explored enabling his purchase in 2005 of well established old vineyards at Montlouis in Touraine.

Having studied viticulture and oenology at Beaune he worked as cellar-master at Chateau St Cosme in the southern Rhone before buying his first parcel of 6.8 hectares. He has gradually increasing his holdings to the current 13 ha of vines with 9 ha of vines in Montlouis (this appellation just south of the Loire from Vouvray being 100% chenin blanc on soils that are more sandy than Vouvray) and 4 ha of vines in Touraine AOC which produce some white chenin blanc as well as Grolleau for rose and very old vines of Côt (known more widely as Malbec) and Cabernet franc. Although these Touraine wines come from a very large and humble appellation these wines of his deserve discovery offering a rare sense of freshness minerality and intensity and detail not often found in this appellation meaning these offer great value for savvy buyers.

The entire estate is farmed organically without the use of any chemicals or artificial fertilisers. With most of his vineyards being planted pre-1940 the yields are naturally low and all harvesting is done by hand. Xavier prefers wines that are fresh mineral and long rather than fat so these are wines made with a light touch showing wonderfully pure and lifted aromatics with freshness and detail on the palate to a level rarely seen from these appellations and varieties. The wines are vinified with little or no SO2 and bottled with minimal but safe amounts of SO2 .

Xavier Weisskopf is clearly a star on the rise producing wonderfully pure wines of captivating depth and style that deserve to be better known

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesMostly Conventional Techniques
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine Red Cabernet Franc
RegionLoire Valley

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