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Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Brézé Blanc 2019

$190.00
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Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Brézé Blanc 2019
Producer Domaine Guiberteau
Region, Country Saumur, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 22074-750

100% Chenin Blanc. The modern renaissance of Chenin de Brézé (as it was once known) obviously owes a great deal to the Foucault brothers’ Brézé bottling and, more recently, to the new generation of growers like Guiberteau. This striking wine comes from two small parcels of mature vines (planted in 1933 and 1952) within the fabled Brézé climat, a terroir that once produced wines equally as revered as those of the greatest vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux. One-quarter of the fruit is also drawn from the historic Clos de Carmes terroir, introduced below.

Guiberteau now uses larger-format barrels from different coopers. He has found he prefers Atelier Centre France’s thick-staved demi-muids for this wine (he’s also engaged Clos Rougeard’s local cooper to supply some barrels). Another evolution in the élevage is that the Brézé now spends two winters in a barrel, followed by six months in a tank, recognising both the potency and coiled energy gifted by its terroirs.

Year in and year out, this is a wine to remind us of the force of this incredible terroir; which can simultaneously deliver the texture and savoury reduction of great white Burgundy and the raciness of great German Riesling. If the Clos de Guichaux can remind of excellent Chablis, the Brézé style leans towards the textural richness of fine Meursault (at a fraction of the price). 

Right now, it is an intense orb of profound energy bursting with all kinds of white fruits, sweet florals and white minerals alongside this wine’s classic smoky, reductive notes. In the mouth, you get the extraordinary density of top ‘Chenin de Brézé’ but also a wave of uplifting freshness and a line of phenolic tension cutting through the core. So complex and coiled and with a finish that throws up some serious extract, this is a serious bit of kit that will need a decant and appropriate fare if approached young.

Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Brézé Blanc 2019

Reviews

“This cuvée is made using the fruit of Romain’s most prized vines, planted on the top of the Brézé hill. In was matured for two years in barrel, including 40% new oak, and it was bottled three weeks before my tasting. This shows a taut style on the nose, the toast coming through from the oak here, masked by firm reductive notes. The palate is toasted and charred, with black tea, currant and minerals, a curious combination, but the structure itself is convincing, coming loaded with a pithy phenolic grip and bright tingling acidity.”
94 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

Reviews

“This cuvée is made using the fruit of Romain’s most prized vines, planted on the top of the Brézé hill. In was matured for two years in barrel, including 40% new oak, and it was bottled three weeks before my tasting. This shows a taut style on the nose, the toast coming through from the oak here, masked by firm reductive notes. The palate is toasted and charred, with black tea, currant and minerals, a curious combination, but the structure itself is convincing, coming loaded with a pithy phenolic grip and bright tingling acidity.”
94 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

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