2014 Chateau de Breze Saumur Blanc ‘Clos David’ 1.5L


The 2014s from Arnaud Lambert are one word: Thrilling

Hints of quince, orange zest and green pear on the nose. Amazing minerality and thirst quenching acidity on the palate. This is one of those wines that continues to develop in the glass for hours on end.

Paid with any sort of white meat and lemon, herb pasta.


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Chenin Blanc

A true chameleon of a grape, Chenin Blanc can take on many forms including lean, dry whites and fine sparkling wines to sweet, rich balanced brandy and sherry. It is grown in distant parts of the globe, most commonly South Africa and Loire Valley in France. Given its versatility, Chenin Blanc can produce some exquisite wine. Many of these wines offer an excellent quality-to-price-ratio (QPR) meaning you could be getting a great bang for your buck. Classic aromatics and flavors include quince, yellow apple, pear, chamomile, honey, and other florals and spices. A foolproof pairing: Thai or Vietnamese cuisine!

Loire Valley, France

The Loire is actually the largest river in France and the Loire Valley is a large region that follows as it flows towards the Atlantic. Another cooler climate region in France, the Loire Valley produces many exciting and exceptional red, rosé, and white wines in a variety of styles. 

Lean and lively white varieties like Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne or Melon Blanc) dominate in many sub-regions here including Anjou-Saumur, Touraine, and the Upper Loire (Centre). Rustic reds like Cabernet Franc, Gamay, and Côt (Malbec) are also grown in smaller areas. Some of the most infamous for Cabernet Franc are that of Bourgueil and Chinon located in the Touraine (Middle Loire). The Loire Valley is also known to produce quality sparkling wines from grape varieties including Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Franc (for rosé). You’ll often find these wines to be tart with fresh fruit flavors and labelled as Crémant de Loire. 

Coming from arguably some of the best vineyards in Saumur, Château de Brézé was once coined Chenin de Brézé. These are wines that were once poured among the royal courts of Europe. Now, they are enjoyed by many and remain a favorite to ARGAUX. In 2016 Arden and I drove from Nantes to Saumur and ended our time in the Loire Valley with Arnaud Lambert of Chateau de Brézé. Arnaud poured his outstanding line up of wines for us, but what stood out the most during our visit was how he talked about his wines. When he talks about his wines, he’s really talking about the geology of the land that makes up the Clos of Brézé. Arden asked him how he knows when to pick the grapes for harvest and he responded by telling her that every year during harvest he goes out into the vineyard and tastes the berries once, sometimes twice a day, imagining what the wine will be. Once he tastes the perfect balance of the grape in his mouth, he knows it’s time to pick. This is the wine that turned me on to Chenin Blanc. For that, I thank Arnaud Lambert. 

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