The Loire's Pinnacle:
2015 Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans

Posted by Joe Salamone

In any given vintage, Roches Neuves produces approximately 50 cases from this clos dating back to the 11th century.

For us, this is one of the greatest expressions of Chenin in the world.

It's a wine of regal grandeur. It has such presence and length, but also a powerfully firm core of acidity and minerality. Clos Romans Blanc is ultra-clear, precise and stately. The wine has few peers in the Loire.

Tasting the 2015s, it’s obvious that Roches Neuves is at the top of their game. They picked on the early side and the resulting wines have beautiful poise and agility along with plenty of intensity.

The 2015 Clos Romans Blanc makes its noble breeding clear. There's such finesse and an ultra-fine thread of acidity that lends levity and refinement to the wine's saturating textural complexity. As we've come to expect from Clos Romans, everything is beautifully integrated. There's a grace and subtlety that separates Clos Romans from the pack.

Roches Neuves' Thierry Germain purchased the clos (a walled vineyard) in 2007 and released the first vintage in 2010. The vines sit on a thin layer of sandy clay with solid limestone bedrock underneath. Production is typically around 500-600 bottles.

For many people, Clos Romans represents the pinnacle of Roches Neuves. Every time that we offer the wine, it disappears. I'd be willing to bet that this time won't be any different.

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

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
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