Romain Guiberteau - A new age for Saumur?
When you are told by some of France’s greatest producers, “you need to try the wines of Guiberteau”, this is a recommendation you don’t take lightly.
The Loire valley has become a hotbed of young vignerons pushing the boundaries and creating some of France’s most exhilarating wines. Even allowing for this, Romain Guiberteau is a true epiphany, and the groundswell, or now I should say tidal wave of praise has quickly pushed him to superstar status. Mentored by Nady Foucault of Clos Rougeard, and inspired by Thierry Germain of Roches Neuves the whites are some of the most refined, pure and mineral Chenins that you will taste while the reds take Cabernet Franc to a rare level of elegance and texture.
We love what Becky Wasserman says - “Romain Guiberteau owns some of the best land in Brézé, and makes dry chenins of punk rock violence, yet of Bach-like logic and profoundness. He is creating quite a stir.”
We’re incredibly lucky to have obtained a small allocation from Romain, if you’re a fan of either Chenin or Cabernet Franc don’t hesitate these will be gone in a flash.
Thierry Germain – The guru of Cabernet Franc
This is our second vintage from what is arguably France’s best producer of Cabernet Franc and one we only secured due to his good friendship with another of our suppliers. Like Guiberteau he was also mentored by Nady Foucault of Clos Rougeard, and there can be no greater testament than Nady is often found in Thierry’s cellar not just consuming a glass but more than likely a bottle.
Domaine Roches Neuves is farmed organically and biodynamically, and with minimal if any use of sulphur. It has become one of the pinup boys of the natural wine movement. Beautifully pure and focused wines that simply sing Cabernet Franc and their terroir, exquisite.