Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny Terres Chaudes 2015
100% Cabernet Franc. Biodynamic. Previously a blend of two terroirs, Terres Chaudes now hails exclusively from the Poyeux terroir, in Chaintres, near the heart of the appellation.
The vines for this cuvée average about 40 years of age, and come from the coteau, or slope, where there is very shallow soil before the vines roots hit the limestone bedrock. All of the fruit here is destemmed and fermented in cement, with some foot stomping, followed by maturation in 60-hectolitre, neutral, tronconic wooden vats (fût tronconique).
The new vintage is again the most impressive, the most stylish, supple and nuanced Terres Chaudes Germain has crafted. You can't miss the imprint of Poyeux's sweet, wild blackberry and dark cherry, ginger spice and deeply mineral fruit.
Ripe but pure, bright and long.
In a mixed or straight case: $71.24