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.
The Saumur-Champigny of the Domaine des Roches Neuves is a red made exclusively from Cabernet Franc grapes. It is limpid and transparent with an intense ruby colour that introduces an olfactory analysis: hints of red currant, blueberries and raspberries, surrounded by balsamic, almost mentholated, and aromatic herb aromas. On the palate it is full and intense but balanced with a crisp freshness.