The hill of Brézé is deemed one of the best sites for Chenin Blanc in the Saumur, and when produced at the hands of someone as talented as Arnaud Lambert, the resulting wine is simply unforgettable. Think of it like the acidity of Sauvignon Blanc meets the hint of opulence of White Burgundy in the best way possible—though make no mistake, the wine is undeniably Chenin.
Certified organic farming practices, biodynamically farmed, native yeast fermentation, and low amounts of sulfur.
Domaine Arnaud Lambert, a relatively new name, was established through the merger of two labels in 2017: Domaine de Saint-Just, his family domaine within the Saumur-Champigny appellation, started by his father Yves Lambert in 1996, and Château de Brézé, a historic Saumur estate whose enviable collection of vineyards for which the Lamberts signed a twenty-five year contract starting with the 2009 vintage. This is why some wines are labeled differently within some vintages (mostly between 2015 and 2017); for example, in 2015 there is a Clos David labeled under Château de Brézé as well as Arnaud Lambert—so long as they are the same vintage date, they are the same exact wine.
As mentioned, in 2009, a fortunate opportunity in the form of twenty hectares from the historic Château de Brézé vineyards, all of which are individual clos (walled in single climat vineyards), arrived at the doorstep of Yves and Arnaud. At the time, the quietly legendary history of Brézé was only a whisper and its storied glory nearly lost. This stroke of luck would forever change the Lambert family’s fortune and their place in the world of wine. The restoration of one of France’s greatest forgotten treasures would come full circle.
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A true chameleon of a grape, Chenin Blanc can take on many forms including lean, dry whites and fine sparkling wines to sweet, rich balanced brandy and sherry. It is grown in distant parts of the globe, most commonly South Africa and Loire Valley in France. Given its versatility, Chenin Blanc can produce some exquisite wine. Many of these wines offer an excellent quality-to-price-ratio (QPR) meaning you could be getting a great bang for your buck. Classic aromatics and flavors include quince, yellow apple, pear, chamomile, honey, and other florals and spices. A foolproof pairing: Thai or Vietnamese cuisine!
THE LOIRE VALLEY, FRANCE
The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles. Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire.
This is an everyday staple. The palate is lively and crisp, but it isn’t quite as austere as other versions of Chablis. It has a creamy texture which makes it approachable and crowd-pleaser across the board.
Sustainable farming practices (Lutte Raisonnée), native yeast fermentation, and fermented in stainless steel tanks to reflect the perfect typicity of Chablis.
It’s Sancerre – need we say more? Sancerre is the king of all Sauvignon Blanc. It’s consistent, classic and never disappoints. Cherrier Frères Sancerre delivers exactly what you want: a lively, zesty, crisp and delicious white wine.
Organic farming practices, and native yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks.
This wine drinks like premier cru white burgundy for the price of Sancerre. Sign. Me. Up.
Organic farming practices and only 150 cases produced.
Jacky and Jean-Philippe Blot are without question one of the leaders of terroir-driven Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Precision, length, complexity and ageability are all words to describe this wine show-stopper. If you like Chenin Blanc, this is a must-try.
Certified organic farming practices, vegan, native yeast fermentation and only 250 cases produced.