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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17 points

    (NV Thierry Germain & Michel Chevré Saumur Bulles de Roches) A wine with quite an intriguing and impressive lemon-gold hue in the glass, with an incredibly fine bead giving it a very gentle, bone-white surface coating of bubbles. On the nose there is superb minerality, suggestive of powdery-salty rocks, twisted with citrus zest and aromatic herbs. It very much speaks of the Loire. And on the palate it is very dry as we would expect with zero dosage, although it possesses a nice flesh which runs throughout the palate, with a fine but broad pétillance reflecting the character seen in the glass. Remarkably bold and firm here, like a mouthful of pebbles rubbed with a mix of salt, pepper and lemon zest; a superb food wine with a slightly savoury-sour character conveyed by the acidity, which has a real not-for-the-faint-hearted crab-apple intensity to it. Wonderful stuff.
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5 points

    (NV Thierry Germain & Michel Chevré Saumur Bulles de Roches) Current release at the time of tasting (with the brain-vine label as shown here) which I believe is the second release. This is a non-dosé cuvée, 90% Chenin Blanc with 5% each of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. A huge and very evocative nose, showing massive minerality with smoky, struck-flint fruit, although it is also still showing some sulphur. A lovely, full character on the palate, appropriate flesh, great acidity and substance. An admirable, fruit and mineral-rich style which is full of personality. Buy now and drink now!
  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2012, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5 points

    (NV Thierry Germain & Michel Chevré Saumur Bulles de Roches) I tasted this very recently at the Real Wine Fair, but it is immediately obvious that this wine is different to that shown there (the same was true of the Boisson Rouge, as it happens). The appearance does not have that same intense yellow-gold hue, but a more pure, polished appearance. There is a plentiful bead. The nose is fresh and firm, with bright stony fruit. It is polished, ripe, expressive, suggestive of substance but with a bright and defined frame. Bright and full, with a creamy top layer, and underneath a firm and steely seam of acid and crunchy minerality. It has a lemony bite, and a limestoney substance, but with a bare but adequate seam of ripe fruit all around it. It is long, grippy, pure, slightly austere and structured. Overall a very good wine.

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