Le Rocher des Violettes Touraine Cabernet Franc 2017  Front Label
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Le Rocher des Violettes Touraine Cabernet Franc 2017

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Winemaker Notes

Xavier’s Cabernet Franc comes from two parcels located in the Touraine, Chesnay, and La Rochère. These vines average 30 years old and are planted in clay-limestone soils.

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Hailing from 55-year-old vines, the 2017 Touraine Cabernet Franc is slightly funky and chalky-textured. It provides a soft embrace, filling the mouth with a pillow of soft Cabernet fruit, Chinese five-spice, fennel and graphite. Attractive, characterful and unmessed-with. Excellent value for money.
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Le Rocher des Violettes

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Le Rocher des Violettes, France
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For a young man from the north of France, Xavier Weisskopf has a remarkably precocious track record in the world of wine. He went to school in Chablis, where his passion for the vine took root and led to the wine school in Beaune. After earning a degree in viticulture and enology, he went to work for the dynamic, hard-driving Louis Barruol at Chateau de Saint Cosme in Gigondas. He quickly became Louis’ chef du cave, and made four vintages there.

In January 2005, Xavier bought 22 acres of vines in the Saint-Martin-le-Beau sector of Montlouis and an enormous, raw 15th century stone cellar—originally a quarry dug deep into the Loire’s chalk limestone bank in Amboise. Since that time he has increased his holdings to 32 acres of vines, split between AC Montlouis (22 acres) and AC Touraine (10 acres). The vines are scattered about in various parcels and were planted at different times, but the majority were put into the ground before WWII. There’s Chenin, followed by small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Grolleau for rosé, and Malbec (Cot).

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Stretching east along the steep banks of the Loire River, Touraine is a major part of the Middle Loire. Soil variations of clay, sand, tuffeau and gravel throughout its subregions support both white and red varieties. Chinon and Bourgueil remain the source of Loire’s finest Cabernet Franc; various styles of the most outstanding Chenin blanc come from Vouvray and Montlouis.

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Cabernet Franc, a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon, is the subtler and more delicate of the Cabernets. Today Cabernet Franc produces outstanding single varietal wines across the wine-producing world. Somm Secret—One of California's best-kept secrets is the Happy Canyon appellation of Santa Barbara. Here Cabernet Franc shines as a single varietal wine or in blends, expressing sumptuous fruit, savory aromas and polished tannins.

SRKFRRDV0517_2017 Item# 878536

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