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Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans 2019

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Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans 2019
Producer Roches Neuves
Region, Country Saumur, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 19239-750

Biodynamic. The Chenin Blanc vines of Clos Romans are rooted in the walled enclave of a priory dating back to the 11th century. The soil consists of a 30cm layer of sandy clay over Senonian-era limestone bedrock called Pierres de Champigny, the same rock that was used to build Château Champigny. Planted atop a ridge in Parnay, just outside Saumur, the vine roots burrow down through the limestone, towards the famous troglodyte dwellings below. Germain acquired this historic site in 2007 and has been steadily replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare. He practices massale selection, mixing plants to ensure he doesn’t get a mono-dimensional profile of this terroir. 

For the striking 2019, the grapes were hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed and then fermented in a neutral oval cask, where the wine rested for nine months on lees. 

The resulting wine is a showstopper. As always, it’s a dramatically intense, crystalline and soaringly pure Chenin, with this year’s flavours running through clementine and blood orange, peach, roasted citrus and a note of camphor. The texture is sublime and the length exceptional, and the more air you give it the more depth and harmony you can expect. More than ever, one of the great whites of the region (if not France!), a super-mineral Corton-Charlemagne in the heart of the Loire. Worth every cent.

Roches Neuves Saumur Blanc Clos Romans 2019

Reviews

“Undoubtedly the top cuvée at the domaine, arguably regardless of colour, this comes from a small clos planted close to the edge of the plateau, on Senonian limestone. The nose is expressive, pure and lightly salty and minerally, with smoky citrus and white peach fruits. The palate is no less harmonious than the nose, very composed, with a soft blanket of white peach and citrus fruits draped over a structure of pithy phenolic substance and fresh acidity. This is perfectly poised, showing great composition, total harmony, fresh, pure and precise. This has superb potential (and not for the first time).”
96 points, 95-97 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor
"From Souzay-Champigny and cultivated on clay-limestone terroir with just a 30-centimeter layer of clayey sand before the Seonian limestone is present, the 2019 Saumur Blanc Clos Romans has a straw yellow color and a deep yet subtle and complex bouquet of white fruits intertwined with the flinty limestone aromas. Pure, fresh and juicy, with great finesse and mineral tension, this is a refined and highly elegant Saumur Chenin with a persistent, sustainably structured finish. It's an impressive wine and one of the finest dry Chenins I have had from the Loire this year. Tasted in June 2021."
94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate

Reviews

“Undoubtedly the top cuvée at the domaine, arguably regardless of colour, this comes from a small clos planted close to the edge of the plateau, on Senonian limestone. The nose is expressive, pure and lightly salty and minerally, with smoky citrus and white peach fruits. The palate is no less harmonious than the nose, very composed, with a soft blanket of white peach and citrus fruits draped over a structure of pithy phenolic substance and fresh acidity. This is perfectly poised, showing great composition, total harmony, fresh, pure and precise. This has superb potential (and not for the first time).”
96 points, 95-97 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor
"From Souzay-Champigny and cultivated on clay-limestone terroir with just a 30-centimeter layer of clayey sand before the Seonian limestone is present, the 2019 Saumur Blanc Clos Romans has a straw yellow color and a deep yet subtle and complex bouquet of white fruits intertwined with the flinty limestone aromas. Pure, fresh and juicy, with great finesse and mineral tension, this is a refined and highly elegant Saumur Chenin with a persistent, sustainably structured finish. It's an impressive wine and one of the finest dry Chenins I have had from the Loire this year. Tasted in June 2021."
94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate

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