Germain’s entry-point Saumur-Champigny is drawn from the Domaine’s younger Cabernet Franc vines (averaging 25 years), growing on the tuffeau/limestone soils around the communes of Varrains, Chaintres and Saumur. They include some parcels ploughed by Germain’s Ardennais draft horses: Ben, Balbu and Comtesse. Biodynamic and 100% Cabernet Franc, the grapes are hand harvested and some parcels undergo a cold soak infusion. Wild yeast fermentation and élevage is now carried out only in tank. Darker and meatier than the Les Roches, this wine is loaded with powdery dark cherry and blackberry fruits and fine tannins keeping the palate fresh and vibrant. A stunning wine for the money.