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Arnaud Lambert Saumur Brézé 'Clos Tue Loup' 2020

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Arnaud Lambert Saumur Brézé 'Clos Tue Loup' 2020

Red Wine

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From a 2 ha site planted 1995 on sand over limestone soil. 100% destemmed and fermented with indigenous yeast this has a very gentle vinification using maceration with no pump overs. Aged 50% in tank and 50% in older barrels and blended together back in tank for another 6 months of ageing before bottling and ageing another 12 months in bottle before release. Very fresh fine and expressive yet also quite restrained. Would benefit from decanting to show its best, this has obvious ageing potential. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

PRODUCER

Historically, Saumur or more precisely Brézé, has been a reference point for fine French wine as royalty exchanged these wines annually for Château d’Yquem Sauternes. Such has been the reknown for the magnificent hill of Brézé over the centuries, and once again attention is turning to this great hill as a source of incomparable whites that are often compared with Montrachet the greatest of white Burgundies. Brézé is a unique site due to its relatively high elevation and eminently nuanced geological profile with its limestone subsoil proving to be perfectly suited to Chenin blanc for much of the site. The significant presence of tuffeau, (a porous, chalky limestone also used in the construction of much of the Loire’s Renaissance architecture) results in finely mineral Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Clay and sand also lend themselves to the diversity of the terroirs, giving body to the reds and richness to the whites. Arnaud’s driving ambition is to truly understand and reveal the distinctions within this extraordinary appellation. 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. Even though he works a total of 40 ha of vineyards in these 2 villages, the local cooperatives control nearly 70% of the surface area in Brézé and Saint Cyr and mass-produced crémants still dominate the region.

SPECIFICATION

RegionFrance - Other region

StyleDry

VarietyCabernet Franc or blend

Vintage2020

ClosureCork

Bottle Size 750ml

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