Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc 2015
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Domaine Guiberteau, in the Loire Valley region of Saumur, is a highly sought-after, certified organic, old vine estate. Meticulously and passionately run by 3rd generation vigneron, Romain Guiberteau, Domaine Guiberteau has become the standard bearer for what can be achieved with Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc in Saumur (if not the entire Loire Valley as a whole) and is very difficult to find in wine shops or restaurants because of the small quantities and high demand.
Old vines, exceptional vineyards, and an ambitious and talented young winemaker have made the wines a feature at top restaurants in France and New York City. Romain's mentor was Dani Foucault of the revered Clos Rougeard, and he has taken this experience to bring his winegrowing to a stratospheric level of quality. Every grape is picked by hand and hand sorting at the winery is severe. The 'Domaine' wines are fermented in concrete tanks and see no wood – fruit and generosity being the goal. Single vineyard wines are raised in a combination of used and new oak, with extended contact with the lees. The single vineyard wines are intended to be aged for a decade or more.
Guiberteau's whites, made of 100% Chenin Blanc, are dry, powerful, minerally and insanely complex. His reds, made of 100% de-stemmed Cabernet Franc are precise, multi-layered, dense and rocky in flavor. This 'Domaine' white is made from vines of the Clos de Guicheaux and Clos des Carmes (next to and within Breze), as well as very old vines from the most famous hill of Breze. The age of the vineyards range from 4 to 60 years old. The wine is made with whole cluster pressing, native yeasts and no chaptalization. Vinified in 2 to 4 year old barrels then aged in tank followed by having a light filtration. Production is only 1000 cases. Look for beautiful purity and ethereal lightness with precise and delicate yellow fruit and mineral flavors. Serve with shellfish and white fish in particular, or with goat's milk cheeses, especially from the Loire Valley.
"The whites have obvious class and demonstrate all the potential for white-wine production in Saumur This is a departure for the real or supposed spirit of Saumur, with a quality of fruit that puts them alongside the greatest wine in France, be they from Burgundy, the Languedoc or Bordeaux." - Bettane & Desseauve's Guide to The Wines Of France