Guiberteau Whites: Clos des Carmes & Clos de Guichaux

Posted by Joe Salamone

Guiberteau Whites
2012 Saumur Blanc Clos de Guichaux
2010 Saumur Blanc Clos des Carmes

It's rare that I'm hesitant to write anything, but that's exactly how I feel. Our two previous offers on Guiberteau have sold out in a flash and needed to be allocated.

Over the past year and half, Guiberteau has become one of the hottest producers in the Loire. I'm not sure I can think of another producer who enjoyed more sudden fame this year than Guiberteau.

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

Today, I'm happy to offer Guiberteau's 2012 Saumur Blanc Clos de Guichaux and 2010 Saumur Blanc Clos des Carmes.

The Clos de Guichaux is a monopole walled vineyard right near Brézé. Clos de Guichaux is more-spice accented than Guiberteau's other Chenins. The spice and orchard fruits are wrapped around a sleek chalky core. From the 2012, you can expect that rare combination of concentration and high acidity that the vintage brought.

Clos des Carmes is a choice sub-plot of Brézé. Those who know the Loire really well say that the Clos des Carmes is one of the great sites. If you're familiar with the 2010 Brézé, then you're no doubt excited about the Clos des Carmes. Guiberteau's 2010s are stunning.

Guiberteau's wines are just starting to get their much deserved notoriety in the U.S. In France, they are fixtures of 3-star restaurants. The small quantities that Guiberteau produces quickly disappear from the market. The quantities available today are quite small. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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

Joe Salamone
Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits