Arnaud Lambert 2020 'Clos de Midi' Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley, France - DECANTsf

Arnaud Lambert 2020 'Clos de Midi' Saumur Blanc, Loire Valley, France

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Arnaud Lambert 2020 'Clos de Midi' 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. 

  • Size: 3.5 ha (8.65 ac)
  • Variety: Chenin Blanc
  • Vine Age: Planted in 1985
  • Terroir: Facing southeast, 70 cm of silty/ sandy clay soil on softer Turonian limestone rock
  • Viticulture: Organic (certified)
  • Vinification: Whole cluster pressed for 4.5 hours. Vinified in 90% in stainless steel and 10% old French oak barrels (7+ years old); new experiments are being made in concrete eggs. Max fermentation temperature 17°C during the one month fermentation. Malolactic fermentation happens in some vintages within certain tanks/barrels; maximum of 30% in any year.   Batonnage (stirring of the lees) is made toward the end of the primary fermentation and for some months after the wine is dry. This helps to “open up the wines” and work against reduction. The first SO2 addition is made just before bottling. 
  • AgingAging 90% in stainless steel and 10% old French oak barrels (7+ years old); new experiments are made in concrete eggs. Lightly filtered



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