From the hills around Brézé, Romain Guiberteau makes some of the most consistently satisfying Chenins around. The wines are harmonious, with appealingly ripe fruit, savory notes and acidity that is refreshing rather than piercing. All of his vineyards are organically farmed and the wines are mostly aged in older oak barrels.
The ‘Clos des Guichaux’ is a 1.5ha monopole in Bizay several kilometres Southeast of Brézé. It often seems to show a more extroverted character than some of his other wines, which are more taut and linear. The vineyard provides a Chenin with real aromatic width rather than narrow bands of steely minerality.
We’re thrilled to have a small amount of the 2013 to offer. With its age it has blossomed beautifully, showing expansive aromatics and weaving in the acidity that can be punishing in its youth. There’s nothing like Chenin in this early phase of development, combining gently smoky, waxy aromatics with vibrant energy in the palate.
The 2013 Guichaux is still youthful, just beginning to evolve. It has an elegant nose of beeswax, white flowers, pear and lime. The wine showcases an amazing balance between slightly honeyed notes and citric precision. The midpalate has appealing depth and there is tense, chalky minerality and bright acidity towards the finish. Beautifully harmonious and clearly capable of aging profitably for the foreseeable future. Brilliant now, it's a wine that will be great to check in on as it enters its next stage of development.