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Roches Neuves (Thierry Germain), Saumur-Champigny Clos de l'Echelier, 2014


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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.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 92
"From a 1.8-hectare plot straight adjacent to the Loire, the dark crimson colored 2014 Clos de l'Échelier has a nobly intense and concentrated, yet precise and pure bouquet of perfectly ripe dark fruits along with spicy flavors of hot stones, graphite and cigar box. Full-bodied, silky textured and super juicy, but also pure and fresh, this is a hymn to Cabernet Franc and an extremely great drinking pleasure. it has fine tannins and a Burgundian finesse. Served from a black glass and at the right temperature of 14-16° Celsius, you would probably not know if it is a red or a white wine." -Robert Parker


  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Franc

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  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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