Cult Loire Mini-Vertical: 2009, 2011, 2013 Guiberteau Saumur Rouge Les Motelles

Posted by Joe Salamone

A few years ago, you might have only just begun to hear about Romain Guiberteau - about how he was mentored by the Foucault brothers of Clos Rougeard or that his wines are so well loved in France, they are snapped up by 3-star restaurants and quickly disappear from the market.

But today he scarcely needs an introduction. His dedication as a winemaker and his enviable terroir have earned Guiberteau a cult following stateside, especially in the past couple of years.

His wines are not easy to come by, so we're thrilled today to offer mixed 6-packs of Guiberteau's Les Motelles at $281.70, with 2 bottles each of the 2009, 2011 & 2013.

Les Motelles comes from super-low yields on gravel and sand over clay. These are Guiberteau's oldest vines planted by his grandfather in 1955. Les Motelles always offers the headiest aromatics of dark cherry fruit, spice and smoky minerality.

The 2009 version is deep and lavishly muscular with lifted notes of sandalwood. It takes Cab Franc to a new level of refined texture.

2011 was a wacky vintage in the Loire (a warm, dry spring followed by a cool, rainy summer) which required a lot of work and selection from the growers. Guiberteau's low yields and careful winemaking come into clear focus with the 2011's uncommon depth, suave tannins and overall sophistication.

Finally, 2013 was a more delicate, higher acid vintage. The wine has an earthy minerality and elegant focus at the forefront. It has the most elevated, brightest profile of the set and a really lovely finesse.

I can't think of another Loire producer who has exploded the way Guiberteau has. His wines can be tough to track down, but when you taste them, you start to understand what all the fuss is about. They are that impressive.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

Domaine Guiberteau

Saumur Rouge Les Motelles Mixed 6-Pack
2x 2009 | 2x 2011 | 2x 2013

Special Pack Price: $281.70