Vine age: 4 to 70 years old. Soil: Sand, Clay, Tuffeau Limestone. Vineyard Area: 15 ha. This is yet another fabulously seductive young Cabernet Franc bursting with mouth watering aromas of irises, violets and red fruits. The Saumur has a balanced and ripe palate with with juicy dark berry, almost plummy fruit, a hint of chocolate, and a touch of pepper. Harmonious and full with a smoky finish and elegant, subtle tannins. Classy Cabernet Franc, to drink now and over the next 5 to 8 years.
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