Saumur-Champigny Cep by Cep 2017

£17.00

We're with the Taoists: you need yin and yang in this life. If meaty Argentine Malbecs and darkly rich Languedocs are yins in red wine terms, then we reckon this...

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We're with the Taoists: you need yin and yang in this life. If meaty Argentine Malbecs and darkly rich Languedocs are yins in red wine terms, then we reckon this Saumur Champigny is a good example of yang.


It's all lightness and delicateness of touch, with elegant, strawberry and cherry notes and a seam of bell pepper running through, just lifting the whole thing to an almost zen-like state, but we're mixing our hilosophical metaphors slightly now.


Born in the family vineyard of the Bordeaux region, Thierry Germain took over Domaine des Roches Neuves in 1993, when it already produced some of the best wines of the region. The Germain family is descendent of Vincent Saincrit, who was a rural miller living not too far from Bordeaux. Saincrit moved into viticulture and wine and, through his activities and those of his descendants, the family's portfolio of properties grew. Even today, although the latest generation have now settled in the Loire Valley, they continue to work at five estates around the old Blaye and Bourg appellations.


The 22 hectares of the Saumur-Champigny domain are maintained using biodynamic culture today. The production is small and the Cabernet Franc is harvested at complete maturity, by hand.


Fermentation takes place over 24 days, in stainless steel vats at 16-22°C, in order to extract the maximum aromas and richness. The wine is then aged in stainless steel vats and in wooden vats on their fine lees for three to four months at least. Cold maceration then takes place at 10°C and is done for 30% of the cuvée for three days.


A deep red, prune colour, the wine has an elegant nose of strawberry and cherry fruits. The palate is generous and rich, with a lot of balance and elegance.



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