Vine age: 90 years old. Soil: Silex, Clay. Vineyard Area: 0.6 ha. This Saumur Terres 2014 is the result of the collaboration of three great winegrowers: Michel Chevré, Thierry Germain and Nicolas Réau. The result is a wine of exceptional freshness. The flint soil gives the chenin a great minerality. The whole is both tense and fat. The 8-month culture in an amphora brings a nice oxygenation to the wine and brings even more intensity and freshness.
Producer Information: Thierry Germain
The rendering of Thierry Germain by renowned French wine artist Michel Tolmer that appears on most of Thierry’s labels is the perfect image to capture the essence of his accomplishment. A tall and imposing presence, physically and intellectually, Thierry casts a long shadow. His vines, old, wise, and vibrantly healthy thanks to biodynamic viticulture, cast an imposing shadow themselves.
Thierry relocated to the Loire from Bordeaux in the early 1990s, and soon fell under the influence of his spiritual father, Charly Foucault of Clos Rougeard. Thierry would ultimately convert his entire domaine to biodynamic viticulture. Listening and observing his plants, allowing them to guide him, revolutionized his way of thinking. Thierry harvests on the relatively early side to preserve fresh, vibrant fruit. His goal is to produce Cabernet with purity, finesse, and drinkability, while avoiding rusticity, vegetal character, and hard tannins