The 50-hectare Domaine des Roches Neuves is run by Bordelais Thierry Germain and is situated in the appellation of Saumur-Champigny. The winery has existed since 1850, and since purchasing the estate in 1991, Thierry has turned it into one of the finest in France. The estate is run strictly along biodynamic lines, harvesting is manual and yields are low. Vinification is carried out only in small batches and the wines are neither filtered not fined. Les Memoires comes from an 80-acre walled vineyard situated behind the winery and is made from Cabernet Franc vines planted in 1904. Following fermentation the wine is aged in 2,500 litre oak foudres for 12 months.
A deep ruby-red in colour. On the nose, aromas of summer red fruits, mint and cassis. Full-bodied on the palate with grainy tannins and a mineral mouthfeel. The finish is lengthy. This stunning wine pairs well with pork rillettes, lamb shank confit with figs and almonds or poached artichoke with a mustard vinaigrette.