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2018 Clos de l'Ecotard Saumur Blanc La Haie Nardin

Loire Valley, France

Expressive and aromatic Chenin Blanc from one of Saumur's smallest but brightest stars.

$72.00

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Three white Saumurs are produced with the desire to carve magnificent sleek Chenins, stripped of all artifice... these whites are already among the greatest in Saumur.

La Revue du Vin de France

About The Wine

Le Haie Nardin is a one-hectare lieu-dit of 50-year-old vines on sandy clay over limestone on the Courchamps plateau. It's this sandier soil composition that Michel Chevre credits for the expressive and aromatic nature of this particular release.

Whilst far from entry level this is the most approachable of Chevre's three wines, it has a lovely open knit texture and seamless acidity, the fruit is ripe and expressive and the finish long and saline.

Terrific tension and balance. A really great introduction to a producer who will go far.

About Clos de l'Ecotard

Clos de l'Ecotard is a tiny Saumur Domaine comprising of just three wines from three organically and biodynamically farmed hectares in limestone-rich Courchamps. Michel Chevre, the vigneron behind this Saumur gem, was right hand man to Thierry Germain at Domaine Roches Neuves from 1992- 2017 and can be fairly credited for his major contributions to the meteoric rise of that estate. When Chevre bid farewell to his old friend to go it alone Clos de l'Ecotard was born.

Chevre's work in his simple winery is strictly lo-fi and his mantra is ‘The less work I do the happier I am'. These are wines from great plots that have been farmed with dedication and vinified with careful reserve.

Cool, ripe, textural and energetic it seems a foregone conclusion that this producer is only just getting started.

Michel Chevre and son Thibault with their draft horse, Fleur.
Michel Chevre and son Thibault with their draft horse, Fleur.
Clos de L'Ecotard, Saumur
Additional Info

From The Importer

In just its' second release, this is a splendidly controlled and taut Chenin that opens with layers of minerality, salinity and a hint of spice, and progresses through ripe citrus, green apple and preserved lemon fruit. It's an impressive gateway to the wines of this producer, with terrific balance in the mouth and a long sapid finish.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

The cellars of Clos de l
The cellars of Clos de l'Ecotard
Saumur, Loire Valley, France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

91Points
Wine Advocate

"From vines averaging 50 years old on the clayey sand soils topping tuff rock, the 2018 Saumur Blanc La Haie Nardin displays an intense straw-yellow color and opens with intense and elegant fruit on a mineral background. Vinified in 25-hectoliter foudres from Austria for nine months, this is a full-bodied, finessed and salty-piquant Chenin with a compact and tensioned structure, a sustainable mineral finish and fine tannins. This is another Best Buy Saumur by Thibaud Chevré."- Stephan Reinhardt (The Wine Advocate)

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