Thierry Germain made the move away from the Gironde to the Loire Valley in 1991, taking possession of Domaine des Roches Neuves in Varrains, just on the outskirts of Saumur. The vineyard is worked in a natural way -3 horses help- with the goal of keeping the vine and the soil at its healthiest, and is fully biodynamic since the 2005 vintage. The harvest is manual, selecting grapes at their very ripest level. Vinification is handled in small batches then bottling unfined and unfiltered. Germain has garnered praise in the European press for his exciting wines, which are always filled with ripe, generous fruit and supple textures.
Grape variety (s): 100% Cabernet franc
Terroirs: The vines grow on a chalky subsoil called Tuffeau, hence the name of this cuvée, Terres Chaudes. In fact, the tufa at night restores the heat it has stored during the day.
Aging: Aging lasts more than 12 months on fine lees in 60hl wooden vats, in order to keep the side as much as possible.
Terres Chaudes offers a ripe yet lovey pure and intense bouquet of dark berries and white pepper, along with sweet floral and vegetable aromas. Medium-bodied, round and silky, this is a deliciously balanced and elegant Cabernet Franc with fine yet tightly woven tannins and a vitalizing acidity. The finish is dry, long and very aromatic, displaying cassis and black cherry aromas. An excellent, harmonious and delicate Terres Chaudes that is lovely to drink today and will be over the next 15 years.