Monday, March 26, 2012

Saumur-Champigny Domaine Roches Neuve (Thierry Germaine) 2010

This wine is criminally delicious. Perhaps it's because it's been a while since I've had a Loire Cab Franc...which really is my most endearing love affair as far as wine is concerned. Thierry Germain's family has roots in Bordeaux, but he's bet big on the Loire and is completely bio-dynamic. I love the importer for this wine too--Jean David Headrick--he reps some other great Loire estates like Domaine Noblaie, Frederic Mabileau, and Merieau. In short, great book and just another example of the "buy the importer" principle. Anyway, Sarah and I had Domaine des Roches Neuves L'Insolite Saumur (a Chenin Blanc) last year in St.-Malo with a huge plate of seafood and that's well worth checking out if you can find it. This particular wine is awesome, with a huge floral nose backed up by plenty of plummy fruit, and some nice acidity. Textbook Cab Franc--totally delicious, deceptively light bodied (meaning that it packs a lot more into the lighter frame than you think it should), and totally worth drinking. $20, and can be picked up at my favorite place to purchase wine in LA--K&L Wines


Cabfrancophile said...

I'll be waiting to pick up some 2010 Loire Francs. 2009 was a warm vintage and I picked up a few, but early information indicates that 2010 was a classic vintage. It was cooler, yet very even and phenolics of the grapes supposedly matched those of 2005 at lower alcohol levels.

Jeff said...

Yes--I've heard that about 2010 as well. It's been a while since I've had such a good wine, and this one really rung my bell. I'll be curious to try some of the Chinon's from 2010 when I get the chance...but I definitely am quite fond of this producer. Jon David Headrick is the importer behind some of my favorite geek wines--like the Merieau "Cent Visage"--and I"ll be looking to try more of the wines he's importing from this vintage as well.