Domaine des Roches Neuves is overseen by the passionate, thoughtful and meticulous Thierry Germain and has been for coming up on 25 years. Thierry came to the Loire in 1991 from Bordeaux at age 23. Today, Thierry works with over 30 individual parcels, comprising 28 hectares, including what many consider to be some of the most highly regarded terroirs in Saumur-Champigny and Saumur. It certainly seems true when you experience the Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc that Thierry is turning out from these special sites. Making wines of freshness, minerality and finesse didn’t just magically happen 25 years ago.
Thierry has grown and evolved over time as he has learned how to get the best from his Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc vines. He had to leave behind the techniques and approaches that marked his earlier wines, a style that was undoubtedly the result of his Bordelais upbringing and early training. Although, for Thierry, what he does today is so much more than an approach or a technique. Spend a few minutes with Thierry and he starts gently tapping and pointing to the left side of his chest as he describes how the wines he makes today are more about following what’s in his heart and less about what his brain might tell him. Domaine des Roches Neuves is one of the most exciting domaines to visit around Saumur, or in the Loire for that matter, and it doesn’t appear that is going to change any time soon.
The vineyards are all certified organic and biodynamic. Everything is worked in a natural way with the assistance of horses. Thierry’s goal is to keep the vines and the soils at their healthiest. In most of the vineyards the density of the vines is two to three times that of the typical planting in the region. The vineyard soils are a combination of white and yellow tuffeau (limestone for which the Loire is famous), clay, flint and alluvial soils. You can get more details on which vines are on which soil types when you check out the individual wines. Harvest is done completely by hand with very strict selections. Gentle extraction comes next. Vinification of each parcel is done separately in small batches – with some whole cluster in certain wines to achieve the necessary herbal freshness. Alcohol levels clock in comfortably in the mid-11 to 12 degree range. The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered. The results are what a quarter of a century of the pursuit of balance produces.
We are incredibly grateful and excited to have the chance to bring these wines to you. Every single bottle in this collection is direct from the cellars at Domaine des Roches Neuves. Nothing gray market through brokers or other sources. Provenance is assured! Don’t settle for less.
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