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2020 Domaine des Roches Neuves "Clos de l'Echelier" Saumur Champagny

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When Thierry Germain relocated to the Loire from Bordeaux in the 1990s he was among the first movers in the Loire's natural wine renaissance. Since then he's bridged the gap between lovers of classic, age-worthy wines and the natural/biodynamic crowd like few others (DRC, Nicolas Joly, his own idol Clos Rougeard) have.

First and foremost, he makes terroir wines. Beyond an entry level red bottling and his very underrated sparkling wine, all 14 of his Cabernet Franc and Chenins come from single vineyards. All of the winemaking happens in cement and 600L or larger old wood. The Clos de l'Echelier on offer today comes from 40 year old vines planted over Saumur's typical clay/limestone soil. It's a great ambassador bottle, giving a sense of Germain's winemaking and its vintage without the extremes of fruitiness & tannin that other young Cab Francs might posses.

2020 was warm in Dampierre sur Loire leading to early picking and a sleeker, more perfumed profile than other years. Expect notes of wild strawberries, pencil shavings, pepper, geranium, and sweet pipe tobacco over slight but gritty tannins. - WP

How do I pick up my wine?

Orders are generally ready within 1-3 business days, but you can always email or call us for a status update. 

Need your wine fast? Just call us! We can expedite the order and may have it ready in less than an hour.

After checking out, you will receive a pickup confirmation email when the order has been pulled and packed. You can pickup your wine at our shop at 2301 Portsmouth Street in Upper Kirby, Houston. For more information, or if you need your wine more quickly, reach out to us at info@aocselections.com and we will do everything we can to accomodate.