Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur Champigny 2018 - Loire Valley
Bottle size: 750ml
Biodynamic. Germain's entry-point Saumur-Champigny is drawn from the Domaine's younger Cabernet Franc vines, growing on the tuffeau/limestone soils around the communes of Varrains, Chaintres and Saumur.
The vines range in age from 5-70 years old (with the average sitting around 25 years) and include some parcels ploughed by Germain's Ardennais draft horses, Ben and Comtesse. Harvesting is by hand, a cold soak infusion is employed on some of the parcels, and the wild yeast fermentation and élevage is now carried out only in tank. Aside from a minor 10 ppm SO2 at bottling, this cuvée is raised without any additions at all.
As an entry-level wine, this is (again) a killer; darker and plumper than the Les Roches, there's a slick of juicy blueberry to go with the floral, graphite and fresh herb notes. Just a stunning wine for the money. The label this year references the amaranth-coloured skies apparently seen over Saumur in autumn.
“One might think that Thierry Germain was going to take a break. Indefatigable, he continues to progress in refining each of his cuvées. All of his wines are superb, but not easy to obtain because the demand for them is so great.” Michel Bettane
“This year, a third star is awarded to the Domaine, a reward for their dazzling array of flawless quality... The range is now irreproachable” La Revue de Vins du France
“His goal is to have his cabernet franc exhibit the silky elegance of pinot noir. In fact, many of his Saumur-Champignys do taste more like Burgundy than a lot of pinot noirs on the market.” Josh Reynolds, vinous.com
“Thierry Germain has lead the Domaine des Roches Neuves to become one of the finest wine producers in the entire Loire valley, and surely to become one of the top red wine domaines in Saumur; although, the Chenin Blancs are also more than remarkable.” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate
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