Domaine des Roches Neuves, ‘l’Insolite’, Saumur Blanc AOP
L’Insolite is from a plot of vines some 85 years old, grown on clayey-limestone with sandstone and flint subsoil. The grapes are harvested in several picking sessions according to ripeness (three selections (tri) in the vineyard, with the last pass being only nobly rotten grapes), and yields no more than 18hl/ha. Organic work is done on the soil with special tisanes. Fermented in 12 hl oval foudre to accentuate minerality for 4 months. Aged on the fine lees for 12 months with batonnage. The nose is very attractive, full of pears, pineapple and honey. There is incredible vitality on the palate with perfect balancing acidity. The wine is paean to Chenin Blanc, a snapdragon on an anvil, and drinking it will give your goosebumps goosebumps. After a couple of hours in the carafe drink it with lobster in sauce, sea bass steamed with ginger and/or gourmet Chinese food.
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