What's most incredible about Arnaud Lambert is his ability to churn out such quality with nearly twenty different cuvées rendered from more than forty hectares of vineyards; although this is a lot, all of his wines seem like they've come from a domaine with no more than five hectares. His wines are spectacularly etched jewels, short on pretension and confection and long on harmonious depth and purity. His Samur Blanc Clos du Midi comes from the hill of Breze, where the soil consists of sand, clay, and limestone, and all the wines are fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks and older oak barrique. Arnaud vineyards are all certified organic which helps the vines thrive from this great vineyard site. He strives to let the wine show the site's terroir, which is why he makes so many different cuvees because each has its own song to sing.
The Clos des Midi comes from his cooler sites on the hill of Breze and has nearly four hectares in production and was planted in 1970. The upper section of the vineyard, on the mid-slope of the hill, is primarily made of sand, and at the bottom, it's richer in clay. These elements combine with the sandy limestone mother rock, tuffeau, and its vinification and aging in stainless steel to generate a broad range of complexities in this often laser-sharp but pleasure-filled wine. Although this wine is 100% Chenin Blanc, it bears the freshness of a young Sancerre, the soft richness of Chablis, but with the unmistakable charm of Chenin Blanc from Brézé. Aromas of apple blossoms, quince, citrus skin, minerality, honeysuckle, and dried flowers. The palate has excellent energy with a laser beam-like precision with tons of dry extract on the finish. A lot is going on here, especially for the money that is what we wanted to feature this new and upcoming producer for us!