Thierry Germain purchased Domaine des Roches Neuves back in 1991, but it wasn't until he felt the influence of fellow Saumur winemaker Charly Foucault (Clos Rougeard) years later that he began to find what he feels is his true path. He eventually converted to biodynamics under the direction of François Bouchet, who also guided top Bugundy domaines like Romanee-Conti, Leflaive, and Leroy.In the decade or so since, Germain's wines have dramatically shot up in quality. Catapulting Roches Neuves to its current status as an elite Loire Valley address. Here are world-class wines in both red and white, made with an approach to viticulture to and terroir-expression which has exerted a huge influence on a younger generation of winemakers. The man is an icon.
• Blend: Cabernet Franc• Winemaker: Thierry Germain• Vineyard: 40 years, 2.5 ha• Soil: Clay, Turonien Supérieur Limestone• Aging: Aged in 1200L foudre and 600L demi-muid for 12 months• Farming: Biodynamic (certified)• 100% de-stemmed• Fermented in conical tanks• Fermentation lasts 10 to 15 days• Light pumpovers during fermentation—meant to infuse the grapes not extract them• Aged in 1200L foudre and 600L demi-muid for 12 months• Commune: Dampierre sur Loire• Vineyard is an actual clos, surrounded by a wall built 300 years ago