Domaine des Roches Neuves l'Insolite Saumur Blanc 2008
Serious wines are produced at this estate run by the charismatic Thierry Germain. His approach is closer to a Burgundy winemaker than a typical Loire producer. This 50-acre domaine, situated in a superb viticultural location in the appellation of Saumur Champigny, has been a winery since 1850. Germain, from a long line of Bordeaux winemakers, arrived here in 1991, attracted by the region's perfect balance of grape varietal, climate and terroir, which he considers one of the finest in France. The vineyard is worked in a natural way with the goal of keeping the vine and the soil at its healthiest (lutte raisonée). The harvest is manual, selecting grapes at their very ripest level. Vinification is handled in small batches with bottling unfined and unfiltered. Germain has garnered praise in the European press for his exciting wines, which are always filled with ripe, generous fruit and supple textures. L‘Insolite is from a plot of vines some 75 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. The wine is fermented in 400 litre barrels, 70% new oak as well as 228l Burgundy barrels and aged on the fine lees for 12 months with batonnage. The nose is very attractive, big and perfumed like a sweet Coteaux du Layon, full of pears, pineapple and honey. There is incredible richness on the palate with perfect balancing acidity. In some ways it is more reminiscent of grand cru white Burgundy from a very ripe vintage than a Loire wine. It is remarkably delicious.
big disappointment I rather like the Chenin from Thierry Germain, but here the bottle had a problem. A slight smell of cork, not really TCA but cork. In the mouth it is lean. The acidity of citrus leaves no room for much more. A little deviance to the overripe apple of the wines insufficiently protected makes me believe that there was a problem at the bottling. A bottle that ended up in the sink. Too bad I did not have others to compare. Tasting date: January 16, 2013 Maturity Probably Past. Given the default madeby this bottle, better monitor developments in other.
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Dietary Information: Organic
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