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ROCHER VIOLETTES 10 PET'ORIG
Item: #325711
Bottle Size: 750ML
$19.95
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ROCHER VIOLETTES 10 PETILLANT ORIGINEL

Its great to find a handcrafted sparker like this that is both interesting (with a high geek coefficient) and easy on the wallet. Rocher des Violette is a stunningly distinctive bubbly made from organically farmed, old-vine Chenin Blanc grapes growing in the Touraine AC. What sets this fizz apart from the pack is its vivid sense of place, which is a direct result of proprietor Xavier Weisskopf’s Pétillant Originel methodology. Pétillant Originel is similar to pétillant naturel and méthode ancestrale, where a sparkling wine is created in the bottle with its native yeast and without any dosage (most Champagnes and Crémants are given designer yeast for their secondary fermentation and are bottled with a sweet dosage). However Pétillant Originel is now a legal class of wine in France (pétillant naturel and méthode ancestrale are not codified). Xavier joined three other Montlouis (an underrated appellation across the river from Vouvary) growers and took the legal dictates one step further by drawing up a quality charter mandating low yields, greater ripeness than normally attained for sparkling wine, and a minimum aging of nine months on the lees before disgorgement. This sparkler, which was aged for 18 months on the lees, displays a youthful straw color a gentle tingle of effervescence (CO2 pressure is about half of that found in Champagnes). The nascent bouquet displays hints of sea air, sourdough, and green fruits, while its tightly coiled palate crackles with zingy citrus and Gaila melon fruits mingled with undercurrents of brine and tufa flavors in the finish. If our experience with Weisskopf’s prior edition is any indication, just a few months of cellaring will be needed for this ‘09 to truly hit its stride.
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