Thierry Germain - Domaine des Roches Neuves - Saumur - L'Echelier - white - 2017 - 750 ml
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WHAT THE WINEMAKERS ARE SAYING
“This wine has an almost crystalline straw-yellow color; clear; bright and shiny. The nose combines both: concentration, freshness, generosity, power, fruity, oral, citrus notes. On the palate the attack is straight, powerful and fruity. The nale transcends by its sharpness and its richness.” Thierry Germain
The 50-hectare Domaine des Roches Neuves is run by Bordelais Thierry Germain and is situated in the appellation of Saumur-Champigny in the Loire Valley. The winery has existed since 1850, and since purchasing the estate in 1991, Thierry has turned it into one of the finest in France. The estate is run strictly along biodynamic lines, harvesting is manual and yields are low. Vinification is carried out only in small batches and the wines are neither filtered not fined.
Grapes: 100% Chenin
From: Dampierre sur Loire, Loire Valley, France
Terroir : Clay-limestone, 30 cm of sand before touching the so-called Upper Turonian limestone
Vinification: Manual harvest. Alcoholic fermentation in barrels of 600 oval liters in 52 mm thickness. Pneumatic pressing of 4 hours, natural degrees of 12.8 °, fermentation time of 3 months. Aging on the lees for 9 months. All these operations are carried out at low temperature in an underground cellar to preserve the fruit of the wine.
Viticulture: An emblematic wall of 300 years looking at the Loire. 100% tillage and natural grassing. Planting at 6500 vines / ha, mass selection. Organic and biodynamic work.