Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Breze, 2017, 750ML

SKU: 681328
Sub region: Saumur
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Rating: Wine Advocate 93

Founded at the beginning of the 20th century by Clément Manguin, the domaine was then passed on to Clément’s son in law, Robert Guiberteau, a talented winemaker and one of the founding members of the cave cooperative of Saumur. In 1954, recognizing the great potential of this terroir, Robert purchased several hectares on the hill of Brézé, in particular the Clos des Carmes, considered as one of the grand crus of the Loire Valley. When Robert retired in 1976 none of his children wanted to take over and the domaine was farmed out.

In 1996, at the end of a lease cycle, Romain Guiberteau, who was flailing as a law student, decided to take over the management of his family’s vineyards rather than see the leases renewed. The following year, under the mentoring of Clos Rougeard’s Nady Foucault, Romain made 5000 bottles of red wine that he managed to sell easily. The success convinced him to pursue a qualitative approach to winemaking and to gradually take back his grapes from the cooperative.

The domaine has 9.4 hectares,7 of which are located in the great terroir of Brézé.

Saumur Blanc Breze

100% Chenin Blanc. The fruit comes from two small parcels of mature vines (planted in 1933 and 1952) in En Bourguenne.

The grapes are whole cluster pressed and fermented with indigenous yeast in large format barrels from different coopers, and thick staved demi-muids.

Battonage is done only during the alcoholic fermentation, and the malolactic is blocked.

Aged  in 1-2 years use oak barrels for 18 months on fine lees. Certified Organic