About The Wine
The Clos du Midi is a large walled section of the famous Breze Hill in Saumur. This 100% Chenin Blanc is scintillatingly crunchy and minerally, mixing a concentrated palate of citrus and soft honey with zippy, salty-edged finish.
Only 10% of the fruit sees any oak, and there is no malolactic fermentation to calm the bracing acidity.
Arnaud Lambert is a young master at complex and energising Chenins. This is superb now, better in a couple of years, and very capable of further cellaring. A gem of a Loire white.
About Arnaud Lambert
Young Arnaud Lambert joined his father Yves at Domaine de Saint-Just in Saumur in 2005. In 2017 his own Arnaud Lambert domaine came into being, merging into his late father's estate fruit sourced from exceptional vineyards on long-leases from the famous Chateau de Breze. His wines and his reputation have soared over the last few years.
He now manages some twenty different releases from nearly 50 hectares of wines, all now certified organic, with biodynamic certification in progress.
His whites (Chenin Blanc) and reds (Cabernet Franc) are made in decidedly Burgundian fashion, mostly individual vineyard expressions across three communes; Montsoreau and Saint-Cyr in Saumur Champigny, and Breze in Saumur itself.