2019 Le Rocher des Violettes Touche Mitaine Montlouis sur Loire

Chenin Blanc - 750ML
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VN 93 DC 92 JG 92
VN 93

Vinous, March 2021

There are people in life who you hang out with and feel energised and then there are others who suck your spirit - like the Death Eaters à la Harry Potter. The 2019 Touche Mitaine is thankfully the former. It is a...
DC 92

Decanter, November 2022

Produced from 35-year-old Chenin Blanc vines and vinified in oak barrels, this wine has a powerful and dense nose of spring flowers, pear, white peach, citrus fruit and spices, notably cloves. The palate of this...
JG 92

View From The Cellar, April 2021

92+ The 2019 Montlouis “Touche Mitaine” from Le Rocher des Violettes is a single vineyard wine from this lieu à dit, planted with vines in excess of thirty-five years of age. Touche Mitaine has very thin topsoils of clay...


Color & Type White
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Vintage 2019
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

The 2019 Le Rocher des Violettes Touche Mitaine Montlouis sur Loire Chenin Blanc is a white wine from the Loire Valley, France. Produced by Le Rocher des Violettes, this wine is crafted from 35-year-old vines planted on clay-flint soils and is barrel-fermented. It features a cork closure and has an alcohol content of 13.5%.

Vinous reviewer Rebecca Gibb MW awarded the wine a score of 93, describing it as "taut and precise," with a "combination of acid backbone and phenolics" that leaves a "pleasantly invigorated" feeling. According to Gibb, the wine presents flavors of wild herbs, preserved lemons, apples, and pastry on the finish, providing "a sense of purpose and direction."

John Gilman of View From The Cellar, who rated the wine 92+, praised its elegance and precision. He highlighted the wine's vibrant and focused palate, mentioning a "complex base of chalky soil tones, bee pollen, white lilies, and just a touch of lanolin." Gilman commended the wine's "superb balance on the long, complex and utterly refined finish," noting that it is an excellent representation of the 2019 vintage, done in a quite dry style.

Decanter also gave the wine a score of 92, noting its "powerful and dense nose" with aromas of spring flowers, pear, white peach, citrus fruit, and spices like cloves. The review emphasized the wine's "dense and complex" palate, finishing with a "saline touch and racy acidity." Decanter recommended serving this "resolutely gastronomic wine" at the table, suggesting it is best consumed between 2022 and 2028.

Overall, the 2019 Le Rocher des Violettes Touche Mitaine Montlouis sur Loire Chenin Blanc is a well-regarded wine, praised for its complexity, balance, and invigorating qualities. It offers a vibrant and focused drinking experience, making it a notable choice for those seeking a refined Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley.