Roches Neuves (Thierry Germain), Saumur L'Insolite Blanc, 2017

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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.

What importer Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant has to say about this wine...

• Blend: Chenin Blanc
• Vineyard: 90 years, 3 ha
• Soil: Silex, Clay, Red Limestone, Sandstone
• Farming: Biodynamic (certified)
• Fermentation in 1200L foudre for 2 months
• Aged on fine lees in 1200L foudre for 12 months
• Commune: Saumur, lieux-dits Les Cerpes and Saint Vincent