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Biodynamic. This tiny vineyard deserves its status as one of Saumur’s ‘Grand Cru’ vineyards, and it is certainly the most enchanting to visit. The Chenin Blanc vines of Clos Romans are rooted in the walled enclave of a priory dating back to the 11th century. Planted atop a ridge in Parnay, just outside Saumur, the vine roots burrow down through the limestone (Senonian-era bedrock called Pierres de Champigny) towards the famous troglodyte dwellings below. Germain acquired this historic site in 2007 and has been steadily replanting at a density of 12,000 vines per hectare. He practices massale selection, mixing plants to ensure he doesn’t get a mono-dimensional profile of this terroir. It’s one of the many Germain vineyards ploughed under the direction of Thierry Germain’s daughter, Jeanne.
Here the grapes were, of course, hand-picked, then whole-bunch pressed and fermented in neutral cask, which at this domaine can take as long as two months in the cold tufa cellars. It was bottled without filtration following nine months on lees.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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