Wines to Seek Out
Arnaud Lambert is a biodynamic and organic winemaker in the Middle Loire River Valley, Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc reign. Most notably, Lambert is entrusted with the historic vineyards of Château de Brézé, an estate whose pedigree of exceptional Chenin Blanc dates back to the 1600s.
Across his range of wines you will find two Crémant de Loire (a blanc and a rosé), five Chenin Blanc, and six single-site Cabernet Franc from both Saumur and Saumur-Champigny.
Arnaud Lambert Clos David Saumur Blanc
"Comforting" is not a word often associated with wine, but the Chenin Blanc wine yielded from the Clos David parcel has all the right ingredients for tucking in on a cold winter night by the fire. Nearly full-bodied with pear, orange zest and chamomile-like tones, its long finish is generously mouthwatering. "Go ahead," it seems to say. "Find yourself some cheese. You know you wanna."
Château de Brézé (Arnaud Lambert) Clos du Midi Saumur Blanc
Lambert's most famous wine comes from the hallowed grounds of Château de Brézé. Redolent of crisp pears, orange zest, dried thyme and white flowers, this graceful white wine has among the silkiest of textures in the wine world. An ideal candidate for long-term aging.
Arnaud Lambert Clos Mazurique Saumur Rouge
Lambert's credentials as a natural winemaker are as sterling as they come, but with this semi-fruity yet bone-dry Cabernet Franc, you won't be thinking of horse stables as the wines of many of his contemporaries would suggest. Instead, aromas suggestive of deep cherries, dried herbs, mint and peppercorn lead to a pleasant finish. This playful wine serves as a fascinating counterpoint to the single-vineyard Chinon of Charles Joguet.