Roches Neuves Saumur Rouge

Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny 2007

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Serious wines are produced at this estate run by the charismatic Thierry Germain. His approach is closer to a Burgundy winemaker than a typical Loire producer. This 50-acre domaine, situated in a superb viticultural location in the appellation of Saumur Champigny, has been a winery since 1850. Germain, from a long line of Bordeaux winemakers, arrived here in 1991, attracted by the region's perfect balance of grape varietal, climate and terroir, which he considers one of the finest in France. The vineyard is worked in a natural way with the goal of keeping the vine and the soil at its healthiest (lutte raisonée). The harvest is manual, selecting grapes at their very ripest level. Vinification is handled in small batches with bottling unfined and unfiltered. Germain has garnered praise in the European press for his exciting wines, which are always filled with ripe, generous fruit and supple textures. Revue du Vin de France - Michel Bettane 'One of the elite wine-growers, (Germain) gathers exceptionally ripe grapes which give a unique smoothness and velvety texture to his wines....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.' The Cuvée Marginale is a selection of the best grapes (tiny yields of 25hl/ha) put into barriques neuves, a felicitous amalgam of Bordeaux and Loire styles, The Terres Chaudes, from organically cultivated grapes grown on the unique tufa-rich soil (sandy clay and clayey limestone soils that suit wines with deep root systems), is as seductive as the swish of a silken kimono. Yields are a mere 35hl/ha. The grapes macerate for 25 days before undergoing malolactic fermentation. Half the wine is matured in barrels that have been used before, the other half is kept in stainless steel. It is bottled twelve months later when the complexity of aroma is revealed and the tannins have balanced out.

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  Wine Spectator: 86 points
by Critic Ratings on 01-12-2015

  Domaine Des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Rouge 2007 and all other premium wine from Domaine Des Roches Neuves available at discounted prices at We also carry many other premium wine lables from France and all over the world.
by Fame Wine and Tobacco on 30-04-2010

  This biodynamic property is run by Thierry Gremain, who has established Roches Neuves as one of the Loire Valley's most exciting producers. As Michel Bettane, the great French critic, says, "all of his wines are superb". Thierry aims for exceptionally ripe grapes which are harvested by hand. Pure Cabernet Franc, his Saumur-Champignyh is enjoyable young, offering appealing red fruit aromas and a supple, fresh palate.
by Millesima USA LLC on 15-10-2009

by Wine Spectator on 03-06-2010

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