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Arnaud Lambert Saumur Brézé 'Clos de Midi' 2019 MAGNUM 1500ml

‘One of the most talented winemakers in the Loire ... The whites have remarkable finesse and are extremely delicate. Also, they are chenins that are agreeable young, which is sufficiently rare as to be emphasized. His reds are at the same level ... A benchmark winery!’ Top 100 Producers of France 2019, Bettane & Dessauve.

Arnaud's holdings encompass some 50-odd distinct parcels spread across the appellations of Saumur and Saumur-Champigny, each one a unique terroir with a different aspect and topsoil overlaying the famous tuffeau limestone of the region. Indeed, he admitted himself that this complex array of components took 'a good 15 years to get my head around!'.

It all started in 1996 when Arnaud's father Yves established Domaine de Saint-Just, named after the neighbouring village Saint-Just-sur-Divejust 5 minutes down the road from both Brézé and Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg. In 2005 Arnaud joined his father at the domaine, taking it organic in 2009 (certified in 2012) and adding eight clos parcels (walled vineyards) from the Château de Brézé in the same year. In 2017, all the wines were consolidated under the Arnaud Lambert label and in 2018, Arnaud moved the domaine to biodynamic viticulture (in conversion).

Along the way to 'getting his head around it all', Arnaud has invested considerable time and effort into mapping both the soil textures and time-to-maturity of each of his parcels. 

And it's worth noting that back in the 19 century, the whites from the hill of Brézé were traded for Yquem; today they are even compared to the great white Burgundies of that other hill, Mont Rachet