La Roulerie lies in the heart of the Layon region at the top of a hill that dominates the Layon valley. With the estate dating back to the 11th century and the chateau built mid-15th, Roulerie’s terraced vineyards really come to relevance in a more recent time. In 1996, winemaker Philippe Germain’s father, Bernard (of the Bordeaux Germain-Sancrits), purchased Roulerie from famed chef Gaston Lenotre and they started producing stunning examples of wine. This historic estate is owned and managed by Philippe Germain and his wife Marie: their family has history in the region with his brother Thierry at Les Roches Neuves in Champigny and his father at Château de Fesles. They are committed to improving the wines in every way possible with organic certification planned for next year and an ongoing programme of vineyard expansion. Philippe has purchased part of the nearby Domaine de la Grande Brosse which adds another 18 ha of vineyard. Les Terrasses is immediately next to La Roulerie and named after the wide terraces on which the vines are planted.
Pale gold colour, floral, honeysuckle aromas, fine-boned acidity, rich, vibrant fruit, a textured mouth-feel shot through with minerality. A very complex wine with a persistent finish.