11th Century Clos - 50 Cases Made: 2014 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans

Posted by Joe Salamone

An 11th Century Clos - 50 Cases Made
2014 Roches Neuves
Saumur Blanc Clos Romans Blanc

It's impossible not to take notice of Roches Neuves Clos Romans Blanc.

It offers a shocking complexity, harmony and steely refined minerality. It's easily one of our favorite Chenins.

Roches Neuves' Thierry Germain has long been one of the Loire's top producers. However, in the past handful of years the wines have really entered the zone. They've grown more vivid, elegant and delicate.

This hasn't gone unnoticed. Recently, the Revue du Vin de France awarded Roches Neuves their highest ranking (3 Stars), a distinction that they share only with Clos Rougeard in the Loire.

Clos Romans Blanc is an ultra-clear, precise and stately expression of Chenin. It's the texture, the integration and subtle complexity that separates Clos Romans from the pack. It has such presence and length, but also a powerfully firm core of acidity and minerality. It's an impressive combination.

The 2014 vintage for the Loire is really strong. At this point, it's looking like one of the best we've seen in years. The 2014s have real substance, crystal-clear acidity. Across the board they boast a remarkable sense of poise and completeness.

Clos Romans is a walled vineyard dating back to the 11th century. Thierry Germain purchased the Clos in 2007 and released the first vintage in 2010. The vines sit on a thin layer of sandy clay with solid limestone bedrock underneath. Production is typically around 500-600 bottles.

This is a bottle that makes its noble breeding clear. There's such grandeur and depth.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2014 Roches Neuves
Saumur Blanc Clos Romans Blanc