Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Blanc 2019

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Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Blanc 2019
Producer Domaine Guiberteau
Region, Country Saumur, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 23378-750

The Brézé hill is home to at least nine historic and clearly delimited clos (or enclosed single climats), most still owned by the Château de Brézé. Three of these were singled out in the last century for their outstanding quality by Maurice Edmond Sailland (author of the Très Grands Vins de Saumur and better known by his pen name, Curnonsky). The Guiberteau clan own one of these three, the monopole of Clos des Carmes, acquired by Romain’s grandfather in 1955. That’s some good buying right there! It’s a south-facing vineyard that sits mid-slope on the belly of the hill and covers some 2.6 hectares. The entire parcel was replanted with mass-selection cuttings by Robert Guiberteau (Romain’s father) in 2004.


Only 0.8 hectares of the vineyard (producing 30 hl/ha) are used for the Clos de Carmes bottling, with the remainder declassified (for now) into the Saumur Blanc and Brézé bottlings. The maturation is the same as for the latter cuvée: whole-cluster pressing, indigenous yeast fermentation in barrel (new, one- and two-year-old oak) and 24 months’ aging on fine lees in cask. Despite the similar upbringing, this wine is typically more tightly wound than Guiberteau’s classic Brézé bottling. For this reason, the cuvée rests for a further year in the bottle before release.


That extra year means a lot. There is marked strength, yet the significant structure and ample dry extract tightly bind together every molecule of the wine. As Rajat Parr points out, Clos des Carmes is Guiberteau’s “standout white”—yet, veering deep into Burgundian territory, the wine’s saturating intensity and energetic force also make it the domaine’s most brooding. The review below describes the wine well. This is a multifaceted, epicurean white with an almost head-scratching tug of war between fleshy density, puckering phenolics and mouthwatering freshness.

Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Blanc 2019

Reviews

“Matured for 18 months on the fine lees, the 2019 Clos des Carmes, derived from a south-facing plot, reveals aromas of spices, clove, herbs, ripe orchard fruits and ripe citrus. Full-bodied, dense, deep, enveloping and satiny, it has a layered palate and a pure, long and mineral finish. It’s an excellent rendition of Guiberteau’s monopole.”
94 points, Yohan Costaing, The Wine Advocate

Reviews

“Matured for 18 months on the fine lees, the 2019 Clos des Carmes, derived from a south-facing plot, reveals aromas of spices, clove, herbs, ripe orchard fruits and ripe citrus. Full-bodied, dense, deep, enveloping and satiny, it has a layered palate and a pure, long and mineral finish. It’s an excellent rendition of Guiberteau’s monopole.”
94 points, Yohan Costaing, The Wine Advocate

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