Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc 2018


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100% Chenin Blanc, grown on the calcareous soils in and around Brézé. More precisely, it comes from younger vines in Clos de Guichauxand Clos des Carmes, as well some old vines from the Bas de Pentesterroir of Brézé. Then there is a splash of Les Chapaudaises from Bizay. As any Saumurois will tell you these terroirs are considered to be some of the crown jewels of Saumur—particularly the Clos des Carmeswhich sits on chalky mother-rock of the Brézéhill, just below the Chateau de Brézé. The vine plantings range from 1935-2012, so there’s plenty of old-vine stuffing going into this cuvée. With all this in mind, perhaps the quality of this wine shouldn’t come as a surprise.

All of Guiberteau’s whites are whole-bunch pressed and fermented naturally with indigenous yeasts. Historically this wine has been vinified entirely in tank, although more recent vintages have been part-aged in tronconique oak to broaden the textural range and mitigate reduction.

This is a fabulous introduction to the openness of the vintage, offering layers of ripe nectarine and lemon sherbet fruit, a fleshy, open knit texture and a twist of powdery extract on the tonic finish. A lovely, super-seductive example of Saumur blanc.