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  • Thierry Germain Saumur-Champigny Franc de Pied 2018

    £36.99

    “Made from ungrafted vines that Thierry planted himself in Le Clos Bonnet. Aged one year in 12-hectoliter Austrian oak foudre. Beautiful nose of rose, violet, mint and spice. On the palate, fresh, pure and full of savory, herbal notes, fine tannins and deep minerality. The finish is long and elegant. A thinking person’s Cabernet Franc. Drinking window: 2022-2038. 95 points

    Much of the finest Cabernet Franc from Saumur-Champigny is now being made by Thierry Germain at Domaine des Roches Neuves. After growing up at his family’s Château Yon-Figeac, in Saint-Émilion, Germain arrived in Loire from Bordeaux in 1991. He immediately became a leader in organic viticulture. By 1998, he was farming organically, and by 2002 he had the first certified biodynamic vineyards in Saumur-Champigny. (Today, a third of the vineyards in the appellation are organic.) Germain suggested that his farming has transcended science at this point: “Three years ago, I stopped all analysis, because it takes out all my emotion.” Currently, the estate is 28 hectares, with red wine making up about 85% of the 120,000 bottles annually produced. “Cabernet Franc is a rustic variety,” Germain says. “It’s vegetal, it’s volatile and it’s important to work around that. For me, Cabernet Franc, over 14% it loses all freshness and typicity. After 14% you lose the terroir.” The elegance, precision and purity of Germain’s Cabernet Franc are something else entirely, almost Burgundian.”

    Jason Wilson, Vinous (07/20)

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  • Thierry Germain Saumur-Champigny La Marginale 2018

    £34.49

    Review to follow

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  • Thierry Germain Saumur-Champigny Terres Chaudes 2018

    £25.99

    “From Les Poyeux, one of Saumur-Champigny’s top vineyard sites. Aged 12 months in older barrels. Dark ruby. Surprising freshness and purity here. The nose is fruity (cherry and plum), and that carries on to the palate. Attractive earthiness and smooth stone at midpalate, coddled at the edges by spice and licorice that glide to the long finish. Drinking window: 2020-2033. 92 points

    Much of the finest Cabernet Franc from Saumur-Champigny is now being made by Thierry Germain at Domaine des Roches Neuves. After growing up at his family’s Château Yon-Figeac, in Saint-Émilion, Germain arrived in Loire from Bordeaux in 1991. He immediately became a leader in organic viticulture. By 1998, he was farming organically, and by 2002 he had the first certified biodynamic vineyards in Saumur-Champigny. (Today, a third of the vineyards in the appellation are organic.) Germain suggested that his farming has transcended science at this point: “Three years ago, I stopped all analysis, because it takes out all my emotion.” Currently, the estate is 28 hectares, with red wine making up about 85% of the 120,000 bottles annually produced. “Cabernet Franc is a rustic variety,” Germain says. “It’s vegetal, it’s volatile and it’s important to work around that. For me, Cabernet Franc, over 14% it loses all freshness and typicity. After 14% you lose the terroir.” The elegance, precision and purity of Germain’s Cabernet Franc are something else entirely, almost Burgundian.”

    Jason Wilson, Vinous (07/20)

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