2020 Arnaud Lambert Saumur Breze Clos du Midi

Loire Valley, France

Exceptional value Chenin Blanc from the famous hill of Breze in the Loire Valley. Electric and organic.


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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.

Winemaker Arnaud Lambert
Winemaker Arnaud Lambert
Saumur, France
Additional Info

From The Importer

From his largest single holding of 3.5 ha of south-east facing vines planted in 1985 on sandy clay over limestone. Vinification using no SO2 in stainless steel tank with indigenous yeast and no malolactic. Bottled in March 2020 this shows excellent freshness and precision in a pure fruit-forward expression of chenin in its most pure state. Very attractive and approachable right away. Unfined, but filtered at bottling.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml

The historic cellar at Domaine Arnaud Lambert
The historic cellar at Domaine Arnaud Lambert
Saumur, France

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