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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

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