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Saumur Champigny 2012

Saumur Champigny, France

100% cabernet franc

Tasted August2013- The first word that was spoken after the tasting was a collective smile. Simply that. Because this wine is a marvelous expression of feel, flavor and lingering complexity. It makes the drinker want to search through the layers to see what else is evident. For starters, the nose had a fun dance between deep purple floral scents and a snappy green herb. Where some Cab Franc can be called "bell-pepper like", this would glance in that direction and then leap away into ripeness. Red and black berries swirl forth without too much insistence. This is delightfully aromatic. On the palate the mix of red-to-black played out again. With a cool and even temperament, a gorgeous saturation of plush fruit carried hints of smoke, mineral and turn of the pepper mill. There was a well intended concentration and warming richness. At the same time, the acid danced too, complimenting with bitter hints and keeping the weight spritely and elegant. The finish resolved with quiet power, equally bright as it was saturated, umami breadth mixed with a light dusty tannin. The beauty was in the dance here, everything moving effortlessly, sometimes electric and often soothing, so that the conversation continued as we sipped. More words could be said, but I think our smiles were the loudest heard. Thierry is as much a poet as winemaker and perhaps we should defer to his words in the description," "The dress: It is delivered in a medium red / ruby, almost clear as it offers us. She is bright, bright. It is adorned with undulating reflections between the variegated purple and cherry. the nose: Beautiful nose of flowers and red berries. in the mouth: The attack is frank and straight. The fruit is slightly crushed and gives a lot of juice in which the dominant red but black is not absent. The acidity is present, it gives the magnitude, depth. Alcohol, he is at the service of all inducing verticality. The tannins Are Playing them on ambiguity: they are juveniles, many, slightly grainy, they are also fond and Affordable Matter is pending but has lots of charm and is affordable.. The finish is medium long and plays with bergamot and jasmine records." Wow. time to try this!


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The Label

Producer: Domaine des Roches Neuves
Wine (proprietary name): Saumur Champigny
Vintage: 2012
Labeled as: appellation title
Country of origin: France
Region: Loire Valley
Area/Appellation: Saumur Champigny
Classification of Appellation: a.o.c.
Classification of Wine:
Alcohol %: 12.50

The Winemaking

Winemaker: Thierry Germain
Assistant Winemaker:
First Date of Production:
Handling of Fruit: hand picked
Sorted: sorted at picking, sorted at table
Stem: all destemmed
Yield of Harvest:
Method of Crush/Pressing: hand/foot
Pre-fermantation Soak/Maceration: Y     Length of Soak: 1/2 of the juice for
Temperature Controlled: Y
Free Run Juice Only: Y
Gravity Fed to Vessels: Y
Type of Vessel for Fermentation: Stainless Steal/Inox
Size of Vessel:
Vessel Seal: Open Top
Fermentation Temperature Controlled: Y
Fermentation Style: Naturally Occured
Type of Yeasts: Native Yeasts
Carbonic Maceration: N
Length of Fermentation: 8 Day(s)
Pumped Over/Cap Agitation: Y
Malolactic Fermentation: Y    Percent: 100.00%
CO2/SO2 Added on Fermentation: N
Type of Ageing Vessel: Multiple
Vessel Type: 50% Stainless Steal/Inox  50% Wooden Barrel  
Wood Condition: 100% Used   
Origin of Barrels (if used):
Size of Barrels Used: 0
Length of Maturation: 3 Month(s)
Extended Lees Contact: N
Fined (Type): N
Filtered (Type): N
Moved to Multiple Vessels?:
Date of Bottling: 2013-04-00
Age in Bottle Before Release: 0 Month(s)
Number of Bottles (750ml) Produced: 0
Number of Magnums Produced: 0
Number of Half Bottles (375ml) Produced: 0
Closure Type: Natural Cork
Bottled with SO2: Y
Alcohol %: 12.50
Residual Sugars (Gram/Liter):
Total Acidity (Gram/Liter): 0.00
Total Ph: 0.00

The Vineyard

Total Vines Planted: 50 Acre
Density of Vines:
Wine Vineyard: Multiple Vineyards
Source Vineyard: Vineyards Estate Owned
Exposition of Vineyards: SE, S, SW
Soil Type(s): Chalky subsoil called TUFFEAU aligned with sandy and clayey limestone give Typicity, elegance and roundness to the wine, the base soil type of Saumur.
Elevation of Vineyards: 0-80 m
Vineyards Description: Hillside, Flat or Valley Floor
Average Age of Vines: 25 year(s)
Farming Methods: Biodynamic
Irrigation: dry farmed
Additional Vineyard Information: South of Saumur in the towns of Chaintres Varrains and Saumur. Natural grasses are allowed to grow to moderate moisture and stimulate a vast eco-system tied to the natural world around the vines.