Sparkling Chenin Blanc - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Sparkling Chenin Blanc

Winemaker Thierry Germain plowing his vineyard. (Photo courtesy of the winery)

Thierry Germain makes this biodynamic chenin-based sparkler from the fruit of 60-year-old vines, eschewing dosage and aging on the lees for nine months in bottle. Its cidery funk and citrus-fruit flavors make for an angular wine with mushroom savor behind it. It’s very Loire-ish in that combination of brightness and fungus with a rich and complex honeyed-fruit undercurrent. It seamlessly transitions those floral notes from cider to mushroom to fresh flowers in the finish, inviting one back for another glass—or another bottle.


Thierry Germain Saumur Bulles de Roche

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Corey Warren is the Tastings Editor in addition to covering the wines of the Loire, Southern France, Argentina and South Africa.

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