Saumur Champigny La Marginale Roches Neuves 2021

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Saumur Champigny La Marginale Domaine des Roches Neuves, biodynamic, full bodied Loire red, a cross between Burgundy and Claret, rich yet elegant, Loire at its best, only made in suitable fine vintages. Cuvée Marginale is a selection of the best grapes (tiny yields of 25hl/ha) put into barriques neuves, a felicitous amalgam of Bordeaux and Loire styles, The vines for the Marginale are situated on the superb clayey-limestone soil of Fosse de Chaintrés. This cuvée is only made in the best years when the grapes achieve a minimum of 13 degrees alcohol. Yields for the Marginale are a miniscule 25hl/ha; the grapes are macerated for 30-35 days, then the wine is placed in new oak to undergo malolactic fermentation. It will mature for 18-24 months depending on the vintage

Is Vegan? Yes
Bottle Size 750ml
Production Method Biodynamic, Natural, Organic
Producer Domaine Des Roches Neuves
Country France
Region Loire, France
Vintage 2021
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Full bodied
Grape Cabernet Franc
Terroir Clayey-limestone soil of Fosse de Chaintrés
Alcohol 12.5% abv
Maturation 18 - 24 months in barrels
Total Sulphur Below 50mg/l
Annual Production 0 - 5,000 bottles
Ageing Potential Leave 5 years and will age much longer
Food Matching Blue Cheese, Charcuterie, Red Meat

Serious wines are produced at this estate run by the charismatic Thierry Germain.

His approach is closer to a Burgundy wine-maker than a typical Loire producer. This 50-acre domaine, situated in a superb viticultural location in the appellation of Saumur-Champigny, has been a winery since 1850. Germain, from a long line of Bordeaux winemakers, arrived here in 1991, attracted by the region’s perfect balance of grape varietal, climate and 'terroir', which he considers one of the finest in France. The vineyard is worked in a natural way with the goal of keeping the vine and the soil at its healthiest and Thierry has become a fully-fledged advocate of biodynamics. The harvest is manual, selecting grapes at their very ripest level. Vinification is handled in small batches with bottling un-fined and unfiltered. All of his wines are superb, but not easy to obtain because the demand for them is so great.

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The Natural Wine Lexicon

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Natural Yeast Fermentation
  • Nothing Removed, Nothing Added
  • Hand Harvest
  • Unfined
  • Unfilitered
  • Low Sulphur
  • No Added Sulphur
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Saumur Champigny La Marginale Roches Neuves 2021