2015 Domaine des Roches Neuves Clos l’Échelier

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In a walled plot of two hectares, these 40 year old vines deliver wines of intense fruit and fragrance, yet remain elegantly light on their feet.
Svelte with raspberry, shaved lead pencil, silky tannins and spice. 
It’s hard to believe that cabernet franc from Saumur was once derided for its lack of consistency, underripe flavours and careless winemaking.
What a difference a couple of generations can make. Under Thierry Germain, at Roche Neuves this relentless desire to push boundaries in the Loire is alive and well.
So, you choose. Moan about Burgundy’s rising prices, or seek sumptuous wines in other great places.