Thierry Germain, Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur-Champigny "La Marginale" 2016Regular price $68.00 Save $-68.00
Variety: Cabernet Franc
Story: The small image that appears on most of Thierry Germain’s labels is a silhouette of the man himself; he is walking, casting a long shadow that transitions into two tall grape vines. This image is the perfect metaphor to imply the large shadow Thierry casts in life; affecting the vines around him through his ability to produce healthy grapes and practice biodynamic farming. While other vignerons in Saumur are pumping as much synthetic fertilizer into the vineyards as possible, Thierry is using compost when necessary, forcing the grapes to suffer, resulting in lower yields and complex pure wines. He creates several exciting bottlings of both Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc from Saumur-Champigny and Saumur in the central Loire Valley.
“La Marginale” is only produced in excellent vintages, much like vintage Champagne. The vines are 45 years in age and planted to clay and limestone. The fruit is completely destemmed, offering a fresher and softer mouthfeel experience. The Cabernet Franc will age in variously sized oak—a mix of used barrels and large foudres for 18-24 months.