Thierry relocated to the Loire from Bordeaux in the early 1990s, and soon fell under the influence of his spiritual father, Charly Foucault of Clos Rougeard. Thierry would ultimately convert his entire domaine to biodynamic viticulture, which was the equivalent of his wine epiphany. Listening and observing his plants, allowing them to guide him, revolutionized his way of thinking. Thierry harvests on the relatively early side to preserve fresh, vibrant fruit. His goal is to produce Cabernet with purity, finesse, and drinkability, while avoiding rusticity, vegetal character, and hard tannins. When it comes to his Chenin, he makes bone dry, high acid, mineral wines that drink like Chablis young and take on weight slowly over time. Aging takes place in large oval foudres (for the whites) and round foudres and demi-muids (for the reds) in Thierry’s frigid tuffeau cellars below his winery in Varrains. His incredibly diverse terroirs are translated with utter clarity and precision.
Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
• 100% de-stemmed • Fermentation in stainless steel tank for 8 to 10 days • Light pumpovers during fermentation—meant to infuse the grapes not extract them • Aged in stainless steel and wood tanks, on fine lees, without sulfur, for 3 to 4 months • Communes: Chaintres de Varrains and Saumur
In The Vineyard
The vineyard is worked in a natural way with the goal of keeping the vine and the soil at its healthiest.
This is a fresh Cabernet Franc with lively aromas of irises, violets, and red fruits, a balanced and ripe palate, harmonious and full, and a smoky finish with subtle tannins.