Arnaud Lambert 2015 "Clos de la Rue", Brézé, Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley, France
(Formerly known as Château de Bréze)
While Arnaud’s family hails from the Loire, he is the first in his lineage to produce wine under the family’s name. He farms organically (certified!) on the hill of Brézé, a unique elevated terroir predominantly planted on tuffeau soils, with a mix of clay, over hard limestone bedrock. He strives to showcase the terroir of each vineyard he farms, which is why he creates so many different bottlings of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.
Brézé is a unique site due to its relatively high elevation and eminently nuanced geological profile. 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.
- Size: 2 ha (4.94 ac)
- Variety: Chenin Blanc
- Vine Age: Half planted in 1965, half in 1990
- Terroir: Facing south, sandy soils on clay, soft Turonian limestone bedrock
- Viticulture: Organic (certified), Guyot Poussard pruning
- Vinification: Indigenous yeast fermentation in oak barrels (35% new). Aged for 12 months in barrel, additional 6 months blending and aging in tank.