Xavier Weisskopf founded Le Rocher des Violettes in 2005 having studied winemaking in Burgundy and completing a degree in oenology and viticulture. He began to work at Château de Saint Cosme in Gigondas and was quickly promoted to chef de cave.
Xavier acquired old vine site parcels in Montlouis, mostly planted pre 1940s, with some parcels reaching 120 years old! He immediately converted his 13 hectares to certified organic viticulture and all grapes are picked by hand. The results are beautifully textured, individual dry wines with bags of personality and laser precision.
The 'Touche Mitaine' comes from a 4-hectare parcel located on the slopes of Saint Martin le Beau. The terroir is 1.5m of clay/silex stones before hitting pure chalk. 75% of the wine is vinified in old oak and 25% in stainless steel.
'With a pale golden colour in the glass, this has aromas of ripe red apple, orchard blossom, lemon rind along with subtle vanilla and baking spice; the palate is dry with a balanced acidity and the wine has an almost oily palate with subtle baking spice and vanilla from the beautifully integrated oak, fresh lemon and apple. This has a subtle texture too. A very versatile wine to go with a variety of fish and seafood dishes, but I'd equally just enjoy it by itself. Serve in a Burgundy glass for full pleasure.' Anja Breit, Philglas & Swiggot