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Saumur-Champigny, Marginale, Roches Neuves - 2020

The nose releases pretty mentholated nuances, red fruit liqueur and star anise. On the palate, the attack is straightforward and powerful and immediately suggests the potential of a great terroir. Its intense fruitiness seems imposing and the acidity, without ostentation, outlines the matter. The finish transcends by its clarity and richness. This is one of the greatest red wines of the Loire!
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Location: Chaintres commune at a place called Les Dares. Terroir: clay and limestone with a dominant Turonian soil. Vines facing south with the particularity of warming up before the others and having a good maturity. This cuvée can only be produced in great vintages, knowing that we must find great balance. The grassing is natural. Working the soil: ploughing and de-cultivation for better aeration. Vineyard work: organic and biodynamic - Biodyvin label and Ecocert certification.


Manual harvest with sorting on a table at the reception in the cellar. Yield: 35 hl/ha. Fermentation of the wine in wooden vats with very light pumping over just to wet the cap, followed by a 22 to 24 day maceration. Malolactic fermentation in 25 hl round wooden vats from Stoeckinger. Aged for 12 months in 228 litre barrels.

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An ideal companion for red meat or, after a few years, game birds.

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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