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2014 Saumur Champigny Franc de Pied Domaine des Roches Neuves

Germain took the risky approach of planting a small portion of his vineyard with own-rootstock vines, known in French as "franc de pied". These non-grafted Cabernet Franc vines were planted in sandy soil, which naturally resists the development of phylloxera, with a planting density of 10,000 vines/hectare and are pruned in gobelet en echalas (on stakes as in the ancient vineyards of Mt Etna). The soil is worked with a horse because at this density it is impossible to use mechanized equipment.Annual production 80 cases
$67.00

2014 Saumur Champigny Clos de L'Echelier Domaine des Roches Neuves

Thierry’s latest acquisition, the Clos de L'Echelier is a 2 ha Clos on which Thierry had his eyes set since he arrived in Saumur. He finally bought it in 2011. L'Echelier is a limestone rich vineyard that produces wonderful red wines and a small amount of distinctive whites. There is just 10 cm of top soil, a bit of sand and clay, then Turonian limestone; there is practically no soil to be seen, just rock.Olivier Poussier, the world’s top sommelier, called this cuvée the Chambolle- Musigny of the Loire. Only 1 gr of sulfites added at bottling
$70.00