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2018 Guiberteau Saumur Clos des Carmes Blanc

Loire ValleyWhiteHighly RecommendInternationalNew ArrivalsPrivate Cellar

$ 210.00 AUD

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Only 0.8 hectares of the vineyard (producing 30 hl/ha) are used for the Clos de Carmes bottling, with the remainder declassified (for now) into the Saumur Blanc and the Brézé bottlings. The élevage is the same as for the latter cuvée: whole-cluster pressing; indigenous yeast fermentation in barrel (new, one- and two-year-old oak); and 24 months aging on fine lees in cask. Despite the similar upbringing, this wine is typically more tightly wound than Guiberteau’s classic Brézé bottling. For this reason, the cuvée is rested for a further year in the bottle before release.

Region - Loire Valley

Type - White

Year - 2018

Winery - Loire Valley

Grape - Chenin Blanc

Volume - Standard - 750ml

About the wine

Tasting notes

Every molecule of the wine is tightly bound together by the significant structure and ample dry extract. Clos des Carmes is Guiberteau’s “standout white”, yet, veering deep into Burgundian territory, the wine’s saturating intensity and energetic force also make it the domaine’s most brooding white. We have yet to taste the 2018, but this wine’s track record and the year’s strength promise a striking, tour-de-force dry Chenin that will live and develop (and give enormous pleasure!) for decades.

Wine descriptors

Captivating and Complex, Elegant and Fine, For the Cellar, Smooth and Seductive, Something Special, Vibrant and Exciting

Fruit aromas & flavour

Apples and Pear, Citrus, Stonefruit, Tropicals

Other aromas & flavour

Earth, Florals, Minerality, Oak, Spices

Body type

full

Acidity

medium

Food pairings

Pork

Cheese

Pizza

Fish

Red Meat

Pasta

BBQ

Vegetables

Poultry

Shellfish

Oysters

Spicy Foods

Cured Meats

Desserts

The Grape

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is a white grape variety most famous for the beautifully lean and mineral expressions that come out of the Loire Valley in France and the rich and sweet expressions from South Africa. The wines are very aromatic and fruit forward, with flavours of quince, pear, yellow apple, chamomile and honey and can be made in a diverse range of style from sparkling, to lean and mineral, all the way to rich and even fortified. Chenin Blanc is quickly becoming a first choice for lovers of complex and fruity white wines and we think it's only the beginning for this amazing grape.

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