Domaine des Roches Neuves, ‘Franc de Pied’, Saumur-Champigny AOP
The parcel for Franc de Pied is located in Saumur and is planted at very high density (1m x 1m) and worked with the help of Thierry’s horse. The soil consists of very deep sand (6m) which has enable Thierry to plant un-grafted Cabernet Franc. This cuvee ferments in an oval-shaped wooden vat and the grapes are not de-stemmed. Lovely flowery notes on the nose, with small red berry, this is followed by delicious, juicy red berry notes on the palate. Ideal with red meat, tartare or game says Thierry.
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