An 11th Century Clos - 50 Cases Made: 2017 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans

Posted by Joe Salamone

Clos Romans stands as one of the great expressions of Chenin.

Clos Romans is one of the most important wines of the Loire. Many tasters compare it to Corton-Charlemagne. That helps convey the amount of regal complexity and soaring tension that it offers.

Along with the Memoires Rouge, the Clos Romans Blanc represents the top of Roches Neuves' range.

There's no doubt that Roches Neuves is at the top of their game. The domaine is one of the greats of the Loire. A few years ago, Revue du Vin de France awarded Roches Neuves a 3-star rating and cemented its elite status. The only other 3-star domaine in the Loire is Clos Rougeard.

Clos Romans is a walled vineyard dating back to the 11th century. It's is a site with a thin layer of sandy clay and solid limestone bedrock underneath. What results is a wine of dramatic grandeur and elegance

Roches Neuves' Thierry Germain purchased the Clos in 2007 and released the first vintage in 2010. With each passing vintage we've watched the wine grow more refined, more chiseled and even more multifaceted.

In any vintage, Clos Romans possesses a stately presence with a pristine, driving core of acidity. The 2017 is blazingly clear, with a brilliant tactile minerality and serious concentration. The 2017 Clos Romans leaves an impression of incredible grace, harmony and refinement. The total package has few peers in the Loire.

Across the Loire in 2017, spring frost reduced yields, but the conditions at harvest were close to ideal. Generally speaking, the wines have a gripping presence and bright and lifted profile.

Clos Romans is one of the great wines of the Loire. Sadly, the tiny production is quickly snapped up by Michelin 3-Star restaurants in Europe. Landing the wine in good quantity has become very difficult. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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