Les Mémoires 2018 | Domaine Roches Neuves
An 80-are walled vineyard with old vines planted in 1904, overlooking the Loire River. Light groundwork to preserve these old stocks and maintain great floral diversity. Crumbled flint and Late Turonian limestone soils.
Manual harvest in wooden crates, harvest sorting table before vatting using a conveyor belt. Fermentation in an open 45 hl cement vat at 16°C to 22°C to draw out the most possible aromas and richness; fermentation finished at a temperature of 24°C. Vatting for 10 to 18 days.
The 2018 Saumur Champigny Les Mémoires is deep, bloody and spicy on the nose, with intense but tart fruit aromas of dark berries, tobacco and leather. Still fine but for now more brutish than the highly elegant 2019. On the palate, this is a smooth, refined and elegant, vital and refreshing Cabernet from 114-year-old vines. It is remarkably finessed but still a bit astringent and animally on the finish. I am also pretty sure that this 2018 will emerge as a great Loire red wine one day. The finish, with all its vitality, citrus freshness and silex nerviness, is superb and haughty, as is the perfectly ripe fruit and the silky tannins. Tasted in June 2021.