Domaine des Roches Neuves, ‘Clos Romans’, Saumur Blanc AOP
Clos Romans (19/20 Revue des Vins de France for the 2015 vintage) comes from a stunning parcel; a Clos in the village of Parnay, facing the Loire and dating back from the 6th Century. Natural grass, weeds and flowers are let grow freely between the vines which come from selection massale. Harvest is manual, the wine ferments in oval-shaped, 400 litres wooden barrels. It ages for 9 months on its fine lees. The nose is unique, it starts off with concentration, freshness, generosity and power, then makes way to the most amazing and complex scents of white fruit, summer flowers and enticing vegetal notes. White and exotic fruit, lemon, grapefruit, acacia, rose and hawthorn flowers wrapped in racy mineral notes.
Every year we see an evolution in Thierry’s wines. They possess finer bone structure and less obvious oak influence, they challenge the palate with their energy. This is the move to natural winemaking.
‘Thierry Germain, Meilleur vigneron de l’année 2011 (Winegrower of the Year)’ Revue des Vins de France, 2011