An 11th Century Clos - Loire Elite:
2016 & 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. 

photo of label of Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans

Clos Romans is a walled vineyard dating back to the 11th century. It's 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 2016 is especially commanding, delivering a saturating wash of cool-toned yellow fruits, minerals, spice, and flamboyant floral high-notes. For all of its intensity, the wine is animated by an incredible lift and polished stony core.

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.

Not long 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 one of the great wines of the Loire and shows Roches Neuves in top form. 

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

Joe Salamone
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