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Saumur blanc, L'Echelier, Roches Neuves - 2021

This wine has an almost crystalline straw yellow colour, limpid, bright and brilliant. The nose combines concentration, freshness, generosity, power, fruity, floral and citrus notes. In the mouth the attack is straight, powerful and fruity. The finish transcends by its clarity and richness. Guide Vert RVF: 95/100
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Viticulture

Location: Dampierre sur Loire. Terroir: clay-limestone, 30 cm of sand before touching the so-called Upper Turonian limestone. Clos de murs emblematic of 300 years looking at the Loire. 100% tillage and natural grassing. Planting at 6500 vines/ha, massal selection. Organic and biodynamic work - Biodyvin label and Ecocert certification

Oenology

Hand harvested. Alcoholic fermentation in 600 litre oval barrels 52 mm thick. Pneumatic pressing for 4 hours, natural degrees of 12.8°, fermentation period of 3 months. Aged on fine lees for 9 months. All these operations are carried out at low temperature in an underground cellar to preserve the fruit of the wine.

Suggestions for accompaniment

Tajine of poultry with ginger and lemongrass - Sea bream en papillote.

Domain
Thierry Germain arrived in the Loire in the early 1990s. At the time, the French state was financing wine estates and his father suggested he set up there. In 1992, he took over the Roches Neuves estate, previously run by Denis Duveau. At that time, the property had 13 hectares of vines, to which 6 hectares were added in 1996. His career was marked by a number of important encounters with leading figures in the world of wine, including Charly Foucault (his second father), Gérard Gauby (his winegrowing role model) and François Bouchet, who is now deceased. In 1999, the entire estate went organic and biodynamic in 2000 and 2001. The estate - and the man - continued to evolve and it was in 2012 that the synergy took a new turn, when Thierry bought the property from the Union Française de Gestion. A year later, with the acquisition of new plots of very high quality (Clos de l'Echelier, Clos Romans among others), the estate finally has around thirty hectares. The estate then became one of the references for great Loire wines, and even for great French wines: the latest vintages were acclaimed by the world's critics, and the most discerning wine lovers snapped up the best vintages. However, even the simplest vintages vibrate and move...
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