Two things initially jumped out when visiting Saumur in the Loire River Valley. The idyllic, undulating hills perfectly matched my notion of pastoral France, but I hadn't the first clue on where to spot the grand terroir. Since the middle ages the hill of Brézé was esteemed as any white wine terroir in France, but the secret was the bedrock of this unassuming, gentle slope.

Here, the famed tuffeau limestone is the backbone of France's single most celebrated Chenin Blanc, Clos Rougeard's Brézé bottling, which approaches $300 per bottle. But, the Brézé producer who offers the ultimate intersection between this site's brilliance and value is, no doubt, Romain Guiberteau. After mentoring under the Foucault family of Clos Rougeard, Guiberteau's eponymous domaine today captures Chenin Blanc at its most crystalline and pure.

I'm very happy to offer Guiberteau's top two wines, the Brézé and the Clos des Carmes, complete with special 4-pack pricing.


For more than 100 years the Guiberteau family has farmed Saumur's hill of Brézé. But, it was when Romain left Clos Rougeard and implemented critical changes in the vineyard that quality began to soar. Unlike the Chenin Blanc coming from neighboring appellations where rounded, darker orchard fruits dominate, in Saumur the alkaline limestone soils bring the same sense of cut and lacy minerality that shares much more in common with Chablis and Champagne.

Guiberteau's Brézé bottling comes from a 1.2 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1933 and 1952. This parcel's limestone soil also contains sand and clay, bringing a textural weight that balances the razor sharp focus from Brézé's tuffeau bedrock.

The hill of Brézé contains a walled-in monopole vineyard named the "Clos des Carmes'. Guiberteau is the sole owner of this parcel classified long ago as 
Très Grands Vins de Saumur” by Maurice Edmond Saillant, better known as Curnosky, France's Prince of Gastronomy. Only the best selection of clusters from this enclosed vineyard are tapped.

The long used selling point for the wines of Brézé have been that they're the first place in the Loire Valley for white Burgundy collectors to turn. But, at the highest order from Guiberteau (and Clos Rougeard), these are whites that simply exist among the most royal in all of France. Today, I'm thrilled to offer sharp pricing on mixed packs highlighting several vintages.


2012 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé
$74 per bottle.

2013 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé
$69 per bottle.


Special E-mail Brézé 4-Pack Pricing: $259 (Regularly $286)
(Two bottles of each vintage)

2011 Guiberteau Saumur Brézé Blanc Clos de Carmes
$84 per bottle.

2012 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé Clos des Carmes
$84 per bottle


Special E-mail Clos des Carmes 4-Pack: $299 ($74.75 per bottle)
(Two bottles of each vintage)