“… the white wines are pure, limpid, minerally and bracing, softening with time, but always showing a delicate Chenin ripeness… Now is the time to buy Romain’s wines, while they offer not just great drinking pleasure, but also relative value.”
Chris Kissack, winedoctor.com

We are bursting with excitement as we’ve secured a tiny amount of one of Loire’s hottest domaines, Guiberteau.  Based in Saumur, Loire Valley, the crown in the jewel for this estate is the hill of Brézé.  Only a handful of producers bottle this legendary hill including the famed Clos Rougeard.  Planted to both cabernet franc and chenin, we’re captivated by the whites. These wines are so powerful and impactful, brimming with purity and blazing with energy.

Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, today it is in the hands of the founder’s great grandson, Romain Guiberteau.  Since 2000, under Romain’s guidance he has abandoned chemicals in the vineyard, preferring biodynamic management. His father remarked on the quality of the fruit under his direction. Influences such as Clos Rougeard, Dagueneau and Thierry Germain abound when you dig and delve a little.  Most importantly though is the scintillating acidity, power and clarity of these whites.

Tied to their power and potency is the mother rock of the Brézé slope, tuffeau limestone.  This extraordinary porous rock instills an electric bolt of acidity and a driving mineral tension.  Cooler nights on the slopes capture a frenetic current, all of these attributes combined with perfectly ripe chenin grapes create magical wines, each reverberating on the palate to their own timbre. This terroir creates a far more citrussy, floral and mineral expression of chenin. Even when they’re ripe and powerful, the wines remain cool and pure and fresh.

Winemaking is kept simple, all of Guiberteau’s whites are whole-bunch pressed and fermented naturally with indigenous yeasts. Oak is used judicially, depending on the cuvée.

We are offering four whites from Guiberteau.  All hail from different vintages as the wines are only released from the domaine when they are ready.

Quantities are very low so please send through your wish list and we’ll confirm your order as soon as we can. The prices are best net and include a 10% discount.

2016 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc

The grapes come from younger vines in Clos des Carmes and Clos de Guichaux, and older vines on the bottom of the hill of Brézé. The vine plantings range from 1935-2012, so there’s plenty of old-vine stuffing. This is now raised entirely in tank, and is all the better for it.

‘…mixed citrus peel, honey, spice and a wonderfully juicy, pithy palate with a thrilling texture shot through with crystalline, chalky, salty freshness.’
~ Rob Walters, Bibendum Importer

2015 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos de Guichaux

This is a monopole of Guiberteau in Bizay, very near Brézé, and was replanted in the early 2000s with massale cuttings taken from the family’s best old vines in Brézé.

‘ Vinified in oak, with élevage in oak (2-4 year old, 500 litre). The nose is all flint, pebbles and gun-smoke, demonstrating fabulous intensity and focus. Beautiful purity on the palate here, fresh and cool, mineral too, with a white-pebble definition to it. This is a wine that majors on purity and intensity, showing acid-laced fruits cut with searing jets of minerality. Fabulous.” Chris Kissack, winedoctor.com

2014 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Brézé

This striking wine comes from two small parcels of mature vines (planted in 1933 and 1952) within the legendary Brézé climat. Looking to reduce the wine’s oak footprint, Guiberteau is now using larger format barrels from different coopers for the fermentation and élevage of this wine.

“…This starts with a fabulously reductive, smoky nose, all matchsticky and flinty, spiced with pure new oak notes. The palate is delightfully intense, focused and showing brilliance and purity of flavour and structure, with rolling acidity and minerality, intertwined through the middle and finish. This is superb.”
~ Chris Kissack, winedoctor.com

The tuffeux limestone soils of the hill of Brézé.

2013 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos des Carmes

Clos des Carmes is a monopole of the Guiberteau family which was acquired in 1955 and is considered to be a Grand Cru of Brézé (of which there are only two others). What’s more, only grapes from one hectare of the highest quality vines go into this cuvée. So only the very best from the best, impeccable quality control!

‘The ’13 opens deep and saline, with notes of iodine and sea spray on the nose, complemented by a touch of honeyed sweetness. The freshness slices elegantly through the wine’s complex texture of ripe pear and stone fruit and leads to a tapering, earthy close. Superb stuff.’
~ Rob Walters, Bibendum Importer


TO ORDER: Please click here to send a reply email with your wish list and we’ll be in touch to confirm your order.