Name: Thierry Germain Domaine des Roches Neuves Saumur-Champigny La Marginale
Producer: Domaine des Roches Neuves
Varietal: Cabernet Franc
From the Wine Maker:
"The color is a beautiful deep ruby and offers reflections without any nuance of evolution. The nose releases pretty menthol shades of red fruit liqueur and star anise. There are red fruits, such as black currant, blackberry, cherry, blueberry, and raspberry. The floral notes are peony, violet, and rose with a spiciness of vanilla, cinnamon, and sichuan pepper."
Vinous Review: 90+ points
"Bright ruby. Deep, youthful aromas of cherry, licorice and smoky herbs. Subtle but lush dark fruit flavors become sweeter on the back of the palate, with a hint of sassafras adding nuance. The refreshingly brisk finish leaves crushed black pepper and herbal spices behind. Reward this bottle with another few years of cellaring. 10,000 bottles made."
-Joel B. Payne