2018 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Roches

2018 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Roches 2018 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Roches

2018 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Roches

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How was it made?

100% Cabernet Franc. Organic. In 2015, Germain's vines that supply the 'Domaine' Saumur-Champigny were severely affected by frost, leading to huge losses. Unfortunately, the same occurred in 2016 and again in 2017. 
This new bottling, then, has since been produced from a friend's 25-year-old vineyard in Chaintres de Varrains, close to the Domaine itself, to make up some of the missing quantity. The winemaking is exactly the same as the Domaine cuvée; harvesting is by hand, a cold soak infusion is employed on some of the parcels, and the wild yeast fermentation and élevage is in tank. As the wine comes from purchased fruit, it cannot be labelled Domaine des Roches Neuves, and so is simply labelled Thierry Germain. 

This is classic Germain; soaring smoky and red fruit aromatics, with a juicy, punchy personality of jube-y, smoky, menthol-tinged fruit and a driven, fresh finish. Don't serve it too cool, just line up the charcuterie and pop that cork.

Who made it?

“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 irreproachableLa 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

In many ways, Thierry Germain is a producer that is extremely rare in the tiny Saumur-Champigny appellation; a grower producing wine of such quality that they demand the world sit up and take notice. And the style of wine produced here is not only totally unique, but has evolved significantly for the better in recent years. In short, at Domaine Des Roches Neuves, Germain has achieved for Cabernet Franc in Saumur what, for example, Francois Chidaine has achieved with Chenin in Montlouis; wines of swaggering texture, complexity and thrilling deliciousness made with a passion and outward looking mentality that has had a galvanizing effect on the region as a whole.

Since his arrival to the region in 1991 Germain has been hell-bent on producing, with Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc as the loudspeaker, an ultimate expression of this undoubtedly fine limestone-laced terroir. Biodynamic viticulture, ultra low yields and ‘hands off’ elevage are the order of the day here. Sure, with his attention to detail, miniscule yields and searching, cutting-edge technique, he’s shocked many a local and ruffled a few feathers along the way – but this is typical of so many avant-garde growers, especially those that have come from another region to make their mark (Germain came from Bordeaux).

Not quite what you’re looking for?
Kamil Narayan

Senior Wine Advisor

I love experimenting with wines and encourage our Wine Collective members to try something different all the time. It’s amazing how the same grape variety from 2 different regions made by 2 different wine makers can taste so different. Some wines can be enjoyed on their own while others are better with food. If we all liked the same thing we’d be pretty boring.