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Saumur-Champigny, Terres Chaudes, Roches Neuves - 2022

The young Thierry Germain, who took over the famous Roches Neuves estate in the mid-90s, has come a long way. Over time, he has evolved towards a more zen and fresh style, in keeping with the local balance. This splendid Cabernet on tuff (Poyeux terroir) with notes of soot and pepper is a good example. On the palate, the tannins are satiny, coated and very tasty!
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Location: in the commune of Chacé at a place called Les Poyeux. Terroir: chalky subsoil, an alliance of clay and sandy soils with a predominance of limestone. Average age of the vines: 35-45 years. Yield: 45 hl/ha. Organic and biodynamic work - Biodyvin label and Ecocert certification.


Hand-picked in small boxes, sorted before vatting. 100% de-stemming. Fermentation in 60 hl truncated cone-shaped vats at a temperature of 15 to 22°C, preceded by a maceration of 2 to 5 days to allow the indigenous yeasts to start working. Infusion and pumping over every day for 5 minutes. Vatting for 15 to 20 days, followed by a one-year ageing period on fine lees in wooden vats of 60 hl and 12 hl oval. The Terres Chaudes are neither filtered nor fined before bottling.

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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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