Domaine Roches Neuves Tutored Tasting

Louis Germain – Domaine des Roches Neuves (Loire, France)

These are ambitious and exciting wines of explosive flavour ANDREW JEFFORD, The New France

One might think that Thierry Germain was going to take a break. Indefatigable, he continues to progress in refining each of his cuvées. All of his wines are superb, but not easy to obtain because the demand for them is so great. MICHEL BETTANE

Thierry Germain has lead the Domaine des Roches Neuves to become one of the finest wine producers in the entire Loire valley, and surely to become one of the top red wine domaines in Saumur; although, the Chenin Blancs are also more than remarkable. STEPHAN REINHARDT, The Wine Advocate

In many ways, Thierry Germain is a producer that is extremely rare in the tiny Saumur-Champigny appellation; a grower producing wine of such quality that they demand the world sit up and take notice. And the style of wine produced here is not only totally unique, but has evolved significantly for the better in recent years. In short, at Domaine Des Roches Neuves, Germain has achieved for Cabernet Franc in Saumur what, for example, Francois Chidaine has achieved with Chenin in Montlouis; wines of swaggering texture, complexity and thrilling deliciousness made with a passion and outward looking mentality that has had a galvanizing effect on the region as a whole. In doing so Germain, himself inspired by the wines of the reclusive Foucault brothers at Clos Rougeard, has motivated small legion of local growers – no less than eleven producers have followed him into organic or biodynamic practices. BIBENDUM