Loire Elite
2017 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos de l’Échelier

Posted by Joe Salamone

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 - somewhere around 1,200 bottles.

The small amount of Clos de l’Echelier Blanc that's produced is absolutely thrilling. The l’Échelier Blanc is always the most incisively mineral of Roches Neuves' whites. Many people taste Roches Neuves and reference Corton-Charlemagne.

Clos de l’Échelier possesses a soaring intensity, serious verve and fine, stony minerality. It always amazes us how the wine can combine such punch with such finessed delicacy.

The 2017 has an amazing purity and high-toned floral profile. Across the Loire, spring frost reduced yields, but the conditions at harvest were close to ideal. The 2017 Clos de l’Échelier has the deep concentration of the vintage with vibrant lift and mineral stained yellow fruits.

Roches Neuves has cemented itself as one the elite estates of the Loire. Over the years, it's been really impressive to watch everything click. People have noticed the extraordinary level this domaine is working at. Each time we offer the wines, a very, very strong response follows.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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