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Saumur 2013, Clos de Guichaux, Domaine Guiberteau ($29.65, 11461099)
The Clos de Guichaux is a monopole, meaning Guiberteau owns the entire vineyard and makes all the wine that comes from it. The chalky clay subsoil is covered by a thin layer of topsoil. About 1.5 hectares of the total 3 hectares has been planted, entirely to Chenin Blanc from massale cuttings taken from the estate’s best old vines in Brézé. As the cuttings were planted in 2003 and 2004, this is a young vines cuvée. All farming is organic. The grapes were manually harvested and whole-cluster pressed. Fermentation was with indigenous yeasts and no chaptalization. Maturation lasted ten months and took place in second- to fourth-fill 600-litre oak barrels. The wine was lightly filtered before bottling. Reducing sugar: < 1.2 g/l. 13.5% ABV. Quebec agent: LVAB.
Classic nose of honey, quince, linden, wax and quartz. Extracted and mouth-filling yet finely balanced.  Bone-dry yet far from arid. Animated by streaming acidity and set against a backdrop of minerals, the rich fruit fairly glows. The wine’s tension and energy are spellbinding. One of the best Chenins in its price range. (Buy again? You bet!)

Saumur 2013, Collection Rézin, Château Yvonne ($29.75, 10689665)
100% Chenin Blanc from organically farmed vines between 12 and 80 years old. Manually harvested. Fermented with indigenous yeasts, matured in oak barrels (80% new) for 12 months and in tanks for six moths. Unfiltered and unfined. Reducing sugar: 2.5 g/l. 13.5% ABV. Quebec agent: Rézin.
Outgoing, complex, savoury nose marked by yellow fruit (apple, citrus, stone, tropical), chalky minerals and a hint of resin. In the mouth, it’s rich, dry, acidic and balanced yet with a wild edge and a touch of oxidation. Young but already showing some depth and considerable breadth and length. More rustic and less finessed than the Clos de Guichaux (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but, if anything, with even greater presence. (Buy again? Yes.)

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Written by carswell

July 23, 2016 at 15:19

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