Domaine des Roches Neuves Outre Terre 2014

• 100% de-stemmed
• Fermentation and macération for 8 months in 800L Georgian amphora
• No punchdowns or pumpovers
• Aged for 12 months in barrel
• No sulfur
• Bottled in the cellar directly from barrel to bottle

This is Roches Neuves’ non-sulphur cuvee, a partnership between Thierry and Michel Chevré. The colour is deep yellow from 8 months of skin maceration in amphora of 4hl. From grapes grown in silex over chalk soils, it’s matured for 12 months in barriques. The result is a perfumed wine, that unites strong varietal aromas and minerality. Nose of acacia flowers, wax and bruised pear. On the mouth it is fresh, lifted but also round and rich. Good persistence with a flinty finish.

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, which was the equivalent of his wine epiphany. 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. When it comes to his Chenin, he makes bone dry, high acid, mineral wines that drink like Chablis young and take on weight slowly over time. Aging takes place in large oval foudres (for the whites) and round foudres and demi-muids (for the reds) in Thierry’s frigid tuffeau cellars below his winery in Varrains. His incredibly diverse terroirs are translated with utter clarity and precision.
This is arguably one of the top producers in the Loire and highly sought after by wine lovers and collectors.

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