This is cabernet franc – for sure

Bunches of ripe grapes. Cabernet franc. Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur Champigny, Loire, France

Domaine des Roches Neuves, Saumur Champigny, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Domaine des Roches Neuves is a small winery in Saumur Champigny in the central Loire Valley, not far from Saumur. It was created in 1991, and is still run by Thierry Germain, a very talented winemaker.

The Saumur Champigny appellation in the Loire valley is perhaps not among the most well know ones, but you can find some very good wines in the area. Thierry Germain is a master of producing high quality red wines from the main Loire red grape variety: the cabernet franc. He also makes some white wine from some very old vines of chenin blanc grapes from a vineyard that he acquired in the mid-90s. He makes a few different cuvees: Terres Chaudes, Marginale, Insolite…

Thierry Germain and his vineyard manager Michel Chevret, started to work the vineyards with biodynamic methods in the early 2000s. The first results were very promising.

http://www.rochesneuves.com/

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