Saumur Blanc « L’Insolite », Domaine des Roches-Neuves, Loire Valley, France 2016
The 50-hectare Domaine des Roches Neuves is run by Bordelais Thierry Germain and is situated in the appellation of Saumur-Champigny, in the Loire Valley. The winery has existed since 1850, and since purchasing the estate in 1991, Thierry has turned it into one of the finest in France. The estate is run strictly to biodynamic principles, with manual harvesting and low yields. 'L'Insolite' is 100% Chenin Blanc from 80-year old vines situated on clay-limestone.
The wine is pale golden in colour, with scents of green apples, lime and honey. On the palate, this is rich and juicy with excellent acidity and further citrus notes, leading into a long finish.
Drink now or keep for a further 7-10 years. Try with asparagus with tarragon butter, grilled fish, fennel, or wasabi.
At a glance
Region Loire Valley
Grape Chenin Blanc