Cult Rougeard Disciple - Sharply Priced: 2013 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos de Guichaux

Posted by Joe Salamone

Cult Rougeard Disciple - Sharply Priced
2013 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos de Guichaux

I'm not sure I can think of another producer who has enjoyed more sudden fame than Guiberteau.

Over the past couple of years, Guiberteau has become one of the hottest producers in the Loire.

The causes for Romain Guiberteau's notoriety aren't mysterious. He was mentored by the Foucault brothers of Clos Rougeard, he farms some top terroir and, most importantly, he's turning out impressive, regal wines.

Guiberteau is just starting to explode in the U.S. In France he enjoys enormous fame. His wines are quickly snapped up by 3-star restaurants. Only a tiny amount makes its way across the Atlantic. Finding Guiberteau in any quantity often seems impossible.

This is one of the greatest values in cellarable white wine. We've mentioned this many times before, but it's worth repeating: along with Riesling and Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc is one of world's most noble grapes - boasting great longevity and evolution in the cellar. The list of white wines that deliver this level of complexity and aging potential at this price point is short.

The Clos de Guichaux is a monopole walled vineyard right near the famous area of Brézé. There's a thin layer of clay and limestone that rests on chalky bedrock. Clos de Guichaux is deeply complex with a dynamic core of textured minerality.

The 2013 vintage in the Loire produced wines of beautiful snap and clarity. Guiberteau's 2013s possess a lovely finesse and electric cut. The Clos de Guichaux has a dancing mineral sparkle that is complicated by stone fruits, spice and citrus.

Guiberteau's yields were down by 40% in 2013. There's never much wine to go around, but his 2013s are in particularly short supply. While I'm happy to have some quantity to offer, I shouldn't mislead you into thinking that it's a lot of wine. In the scheme of things, it's a very modest amount. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits

2013 Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos de Guichaux