Arnaud Lambert

The Story

In 1996, Yves Lambert and his son, Arnaud, started a winery in the Yves’ native French countryside, Saumur.  Sadly, Yves unexpectedly passed away in 2011, but left their domaine, St.-Just, in the very capable hands of his son. Equip with a degree in enology and viticulture, Arnaud was involved in the winemaking and viticulture since the start of their family venture and was ready for the challenge. Since the passing of his father, Arnaud has taken the wines to new heights that Yves may not have even dreamt of.

In 2009, the decision was made to convert from sustainable farming to organic (which they are now completely certified) with their eyes set on eventually incorporating biodynamic principals to both the cellar and the vineyards. Time spent with Arnaud reveals a deeply introspective and humble winemaker; it’s hard for him to elect a single compliment to one of his own wines. Very “matter-of-fact” about what he has experienced in shaping his practice, Arnaud maintains refreshing openness and humility, despite gifting the world such honest, soulful wines.

The entry-level and mid-range wines are vinified and raised in stainless steel tanks, while the high-end cuvées are generally raised in older oak barrels. Both methods helps preserve the tension and freshness of the Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc. In a sea of “less than hygienic” wines made in the Loire Valley under the guise of biodynamics or the “natural” wine movement, these wines are refreshingly clean, pure expressions of two of the most exciting and distinctive varietals in the world.

Lay of the Land

The vineyard areas of Saumur and Saumur-Champigny are small islands of limestone chalk hills surrounded by fields of river alluvium. The general advantage that Saumur-Champigny has over the surrounding Saumur appellation is that they are higher elevations with good drainage whereas the larger area of Saumur sits mostly on flat areas with a mix of soils. That said, there are a few exceptions to that in Saumur, like the hill of Brézé and a few other notable limestone outcrops that create dynamic and deeply profound wines.

Domaine de St. Just’s vineyards are planted on sandstone, clay and limestone soils on the once famous white wine hill called, Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg. The limestone bedrock not too deep below the clay and sand help to create tension-filled expressions of Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc.

Terres Rouges

Arnaud Lambert - 2018 Saumur-Champigny, ‘Les Terres Rouges’

Price: $24.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

This item will be released on September 23rd, 2019
Type of Wine: Red
Style: Rich, Medium Body

The Wine

Inside the Bottle:  The vineyards that make up this charming and utterly delicious wine come from Saumur-Champigny’s most southern hill, Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg. Les Terres Rouges is composed of numerous small plots blended into one larger south-facing vineyard area, just across from the now famous hill, Brézé. The southern aspect gives the wine plenty of needed sunshine in a region that has a long, drawn out growing season that can bring several rain storms in early fall, just about the time they are getting ready to harvest.  This privileged location makes for consistent ripening of the wine’s plush black and red fruits.

The fragrant dark earth notes of Cabernet Franc give the impression of black soils unearthed from a thick overlay of wet forest moss, grass and bramble. Despite this dark soil impression and its name (which translates to “the red soils”), the soil is light brown clay with alluvial sands resting on a bed of stark white limestone. The cool harvest conditions, clay and limestone soils, and a life spent in stainless steel tanks renders this wine medium bodied with a clean and refreshing finish. Indeed, the sand plays its part as well bringing the fruits and flowers in the bouquet to the ethereal realm.

Les Terres Rouges is one of our top selling wines in the restaurant arena and we have a hard time keeping it in stock because of many restaurants with longstanding loyalty to this wine.

About The Wine

Inside the Bottle:  The vineyards that make up this charming and utterly delicious wine come from Saumur-Champigny’s most southern hill, Saint-Cyr-en-Bourg. Les Terres Rouges is composed of numerous small plots blended into one larger south-facing vineyard area, just across from the now famous hill, Brézé. The southern aspect gives the wine plenty of needed sunshine in a region that has a long, drawn out growing season that can bring several rain storms in early fall, just about the time they are getting ready to harvest.  This privileged location makes for consistent ripening of the wine’s plush black and red fruits.

The fragrant dark earth notes of Cabernet Franc give the impression of black soils unearthed from a thick overlay of wet forest moss, grass and bramble. Despite this dark soil impression and its name (which translates to “the red soils”), the soil is light brown clay with alluvial sands resting on a bed of stark white limestone. The cool harvest conditions, clay and limestone soils, and a life spent in stainless steel tanks renders this wine medium bodied with a clean and refreshing finish. Indeed, the sand plays its part as well bringing the fruits and flowers in the bouquet to the ethereal realm.

Les Terres Rouges is one of our top selling wines in the restaurant arena and we have a hard time keeping it in stock because of many restaurants with longstanding loyalty to this wine.