At The Top of Their Game - Two Barrels Produced:
2016 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l’Echelier

Posted by Joe Salamone

The l’Échelier Blanc is always the most incisively mineral of Roches Neuves' whites.

Clos de l’Echelier is a 1.8ha clos (a walled vineyard) that has hard limestone soils.

The majority of the clos is planted with Cabernet Franc. The very small amount of Chenin comes from sixty-year-old vines and in a typical vintage, the total production is just two oval casks and comes to somewhere around 1,200 bottles per vintage.

The small amount of Clos de l’Echelier Blanc that's produced is absolutely thrilling. It boasts a finely etched minerality, serious verve and soaring intensity.

Many people taste Roches Neuves and reference Burgundy. In this case, we're definitely in Corton-Charlemagne territory.

The 2016 Clos de l’Échelier Blanc is fascinating. It has such concentration that the minerality assumes a real textural presence. The profile is a vivid, cool-fruited one and that makes the level of intensity all the more interesting. Often wines this packed show riper notes.

In 2016, Clos de l’Échelier Blanc shows the intricate structure that we've come to expect from the wine. Everything else in the wine feel intensified.

It's been very exciting to watch the wines of Roches Neuves evolve over the years. Without a doubt, they are at the top of their game and people have taken notice.

The wines have entered a phase of extraordinary clarity, elegance and delicacy that's truly special, not only for the region, but for wine in general. People have really taken notice. The 2016 Clos de l’Échelier Blanc exemplifies why Roches Neuves has been placed alongside the Loire's absolute elites. Don't miss.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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