This is superb. Just starting to hit its straps, with lovely honeyed complexity entering the mix. I loved it.
Producer: Domaine Arnaud Lambert
Region/Country: Saumur, Loire Valley, France
Grape/s: Chenin Blanc
Production Method: Organic and Biodynamic farming. Wild yeast ferment in tank, ageing in older oak.
Style: Crisp, dry and concentrated Chenin character
Pairing Suggestion: Risotto, seafood, Japanese cuisine
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Profile: Chenin Blanc is one of the great white varieties, responsible for many of the outstanding, long-lived wines of the Loire Valley. Chenin has naturally high acidity, and a range of honeyed citrus and orchard fruit flavours. It is produced in a wide range of styles, from dry and austere, to firm and powerful, through to lusciously sweet due to botrytis. Most Chenin is produced similar to top quality German whites, with fermentation in stainless steel or large old oak, no oak ageing and no malolactic fermentation. It is also the major variety for Loire Valley sparkling wines.
Classic Regions: Savennières, Quarts de Chaume, Vouvray (France), South Africa
Domaine Arnaud Lambert
Arnaud Lambert is helping to discover the expression and diversity of soils and individual sites (terroirs) in the appellations of Saumur and Saumur-Champigny. The goal is to give expression to each individual terroir and realise each vineyard sites potential through organic viticulture (transitioning to bio-dynamic) and minimal intervention wine-making. 2017 marked an exciting transition for Arnaud’s estate when he united his cuvées from both Brézé (20ha) and Saint Cyr en Bourg (20ha) under one label: Domaine Arnaud Lambert. Arnaud feels that in the last few vintages he has really found the right balance and expression for the varieties planted in each site after working with these vineyards for 10+ years.