2018 Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny "Terres Chaudes"
Loire Valley, France
Domaine des Roches Neuves is run by Thierry Germain, one of the leading proponents of biodynamic viticulture in the Loire Valley. From the red-wine appellation of Saumur-Champigny, "Terrres Chaudes" is 100% Cabernet Franc from a well-renowned site called Les Poyeux. This site is famously bottled by Thierry's mentor, Charly Foucault of Clos Rougeard. Grown on 45-year-old vines, this outstanding fruit makes a beautiful and balanced Franc. Deceptively plush red and black fruit give way to grippy tannins, suggesting a long life ahead. It is perfect alongside heartier fare as well as a thrill to drink and decipher on its own.