Saumur-Champigny Rouge « La Marginale », Domaine des Roches-Neuves, Loire Valley, France 2013
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. 'La Marginale' is 100% Cabernet Franc, and spends 18 months in new French oak.
The wine shows a concentrated garnet-red in the glass. Notes of raspberry, mint and anise on the nose. The palate is powerful and intense with superbly balanced acidity and well-structured tannins. A full-bodied wine, with complexity yet elegance. The finish is lingering suggesting further red fruit notes. Great with roasted duck with honey, herb crusted lamb or quail with spice.
At a glance
Region Loire Valley
Grape Cabernet Franc