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2015 Saumur Champigny Rouge “Les Roches”

Domaine des Roches Neuves

2015 Saumur Champigny <em>Rouge</em> “Les Roches” Domaine des Roches Neuves - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
I recall my first-ever sip of one of Thierry Germain’s wines, in a hip Paris restaurant not too long ago. Thunderstruck, my dining partner and I locked eyes. I don’t know about her, but I began to salivate uncontrollably, while my head filled with existential questions about life, love, wine, and my lifelong love of wine. As you’ll see with this Cabernet Franc, Thierry’s cuvées provide the rare combination of intellectual stimulation with unbridled sensory gratification—they are hard not to like, no matter how much you choose to nerd out. This red, with its perfect balance of  crisply defined red fruit, fresh acidity, and silky tannins, makes for a great introduction to the domaine. –Anthony Lynch

$27.00
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Saumur-Champigny
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine des Roches Neuves
Winemaker: Thierry Germain
Vineyard: 25 years, 6 ha
Soil: Chalk, Sand, Clay, Limestone
Aging: Aged in stainless steel and wood tanks, on fine lees, without sulfur, for 3 to 4 months
Farming: Organic, Biodynamic
Alcohol: 12%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch

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