Le Rocher des Violettes, 2019 Update

I feel a tinge of vinous guilt at not having paid Xavier Weisskopf as much attention as I would have liked over the years. I first met Xavier eight years ago when he was a relatively new addition to the Ligérian wine scene, manning his stand at the Salon des Vins de Loire. Since then our paths have crossed on a reasonably regular basis, but I have not managed to find the time to stop off and taste his wines here every year, as I always do with François Chidaine and as I try to do with Jacky Blot.

Le Rocher des Violettes

Sometimes the two shining stars of Chidaine and Blot, while no doubt saviours and figureheads for the appellation, can also eclipse the talent that has to coexist with them. Among the Montlouis pack Xavier Weisskopf (pictured above) is a local star (as is Damien Delecheneau, for what it matters). I have ensured I stop off to taste with both Xavier and Damien this year; my 2019 La Grange Tiphaine update already published. Here’s my report on the latest from Xavier.

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