Century Old Vines
2019 Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Les Mémoires
This is very much the story of old vines, ones that are over hundred years old, that dig deep into limestone.
Clos de l'Echelier is a very special expression of Cabernet Franc, and the 2018 vintage elevated the wine to a stunning level. Roches Neuves's 2018s are formidable. The entire lineup is powerful, deep, and sculpted with nice precision and levity. There's impressive terroir imprint amid all the power.
Rougeard is, without a doubt, among the most aristocratic and longest-lived wines of the Loire. The wines possess depth, precision, and refinement that's without peer. Simply put, these are some of the great wines of the world.
Clos Rougeard isn't only one of the great wines of the Loire; it's one of the great wines of the world. Rougeard is, without a doubt, among the most aristocratic and longest-lived wines of the Loire.
After tasting the 2015 Clos de l'Echelier for the first time, we set out to buy as much of the wine as we could find. Last week, we opened yet another bottle, and again, it blew us away.
In the Loire, the wines of Clos Rougeard are without peer when it comes to refinement and ageability. Simply put, Clos Rougeard is Loire royalty.
It's rare that people compare a Cab Franc to Chambolle, but that's how people talk about l'Echelier. L'Echelier's haunting perfume, lifted brightness, and energetic minerality make the comparison an apt one. It’s a rendering of Cab Franc unlike any other.
When the Baudry family purchased Clos Guillot, they were confident that it would become their top site. It's not difficult to grasp their reasoning. Clos Guillot sits just above Clos de L'Olive and Le Chêne Vert, two of Chinon's most renowned sites.
Clos Guillot sits just above Clos de L'Olive and Le Chêne Vert, two of Chinon's most renowned sites. It's easy to see why the Baudry family was so excited to have purchased vineyards in Clos Guillot and why they were confident it would be their top wine.
For many, Les Mémoires is Roches Neuves' top wine. There's no doubt that Les Mémoires stands as one of the Loire's grandest examples of Cabernet Franc, boasting a startling depth, sophistication and old vine complexity.
There's no doubt that Les Mémoires stands as one of the Loire's grandest examples of Cabernet Franc, boasting a startling depth, sophistication and old vine complexity. Roches Neuves is one of the Loire's elite producers.
Simply put, Clos Rougeard is Loire royalty.
Clos de l’Echelier is a 1.8ha clos (a walled vineyard) on hard limestone soils. And from this site comes one of the singular expressions of Cabernet Franc.
Thierry Germain and his Roches Neuves firmly holds a place among the Loire's elite. The past few vintages testify to the fact that he is at the top of his game. Today, we're excited to offer two of his top Cabernet Franc's from 2016, Franc de Pied and Les Mémoires.
There are some vintages that seem to have it all. 2014 in the Loire comes dangerously close to reaching this status. The wines are so complete - there's serious depth of concentration, vibrant finesse and terroir-accented verve.
I've been waiting a long time for Baudry's 2014 Croix Boissée to be released. Croix Boissée is Baudry's top bottling. It always stands out for its refinement and age-worthiness.
Over the past few vintages, it's become clear that things have clicked into high gear at Roches Neuves.
Lisagathe is Hureau's top wine. And in 2014, it's stunning.
It's rare that people compare a Cab Franc to Chambolle, but that's how people talk about l'Echelier.
We've written many times about how good 2014 was in the Loire. Today's offer highlights how the vintage elevated wines to seldom seen heights.
Les Mémoires is sourced from a tiny parcel of 100+ year old vines. It is one of the most intriguing and profound expressions of Cabernet Franc.