Arnaud Lambert

Arnaud Lambert winemaker from the Loire Valley.
Arnaud Lambert's vineyard in Saumur
Chenin blanc vines from Arnaud Lambert's vineyards
Chenin blanc vines in the Loire Valley
Chenin Blanc grapes from Arnaud Lambert's vineyards
Tuffeau limestone rocks in Arnaud Lambert's vineyard
Top soil from Arnaud Lambert's vineyard composed of Clay and sand in Brézé, Saumur
Terroir from Arnaud Lambert's vineyard
Arnaud Lambert at his vineyard in Saumur
Arnaud Lambert's vineyard in Saumur
Rocks in Arnaud Lambert's Chenin blanc vineyards in the Loire Valley
Rocks from Cabernet Franc vineyards in Saumur
Soil from Arnaud Lambert's vineyard in Breze
Arnaud Lambert Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc producer
Outside view of Arnaud Lambert's underground wine cellar.
Arnaud Lambert's underground wine cellar
Arnaud Lambert's wine cellar in Saumur, Loire Valley
Arnaud Lambert's Chenin blanc Clos de la Rue

The Story

The rise of Arnaud Lambert is no surprise. Since our first meeting in 2010 at his home in Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg, a dozen or more kilometers south of the Loire River, this unknown vigneron’s potential was obvious—not only with what skills he already possessed, but how clear it was that he would sharpen them and grow into the spectacular talent he has become. Every vintage seems to eclipse the previous, and with some of the most gifted Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc vineyards in the Loire Valley, he’s only getting started.

What’s most incredible about Arnaud is his ability to churn out such quality with nearly twenty different cuvées rendered from more than forty hectares of vineyards; although this is a lot, all of his wines seem like they’ve come from a domaine with no more than five hectares. His wines are spectacularly etched jewels, short on pretension and confection, and long on harmonious depth and purity. Everything from his entry-level reds (Les Terres Rouge and Clos Mazurique) and whites (Les Perrieres and Clos de Midi) is astounding, and the upper class of the range developed for more time in the cellar are striking and warrant exploration for any serious Loire Valley wine enthusiast.

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Lay of the Land

Arnaud Lambert’s domaine vineyards are located in three communes within the Loire Valley’s Saumur region, a subsection of the larger Anjou area. This is the land of Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc and inexpensive bubbles (an underutilized talent in the area). He principally works within three communes: two within the Saumur-Champigny appellation (Montsoreau and Saint-Cyr, on opposite sides of the appellation—north and south, respectively) and the resurrected commune, Brézé, included in the broad AOP Saumur, on the southernmost border of the AOP Saumur-Champigny.

Saumur and neighboring Anjou have a lot in common, but can be vastly different with the end result, at least within the context of the same grapes. I will attempt to shed some light on them to help set the stage for a more in-depth study within these areas and their specific wines.

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