2013 Domaine Guiberteau Saumur Blanc Clos des Carmes Monopole- France, Loire Valley, Anjou-Saumur, Saumur (8/19/2018)
This is such an interesting wine, the nose is full of yellow apples, and pear yet there is a flinty salinity that is lingering in the back that’s almost undetectable. A light medium gold in the glass there’s a real sense of richness and depth on the nose that’s immediately intriguing. The palate is unapologetically lean and dry, the acidity drives a path down the palate like Big Papi Ortiz was driving a home run clean over the second-baseman’s head and out into the stands. I can see this turning a lot of people off because it is so very different from what the nose seems to be promising. However, I couldn’t be happier. What a brilliant wine…Outstanding!!!
Kirk, I had this last year. The 2012 was brilliant, but very difficult to find, so I checked out the 13. Very different wine (as I kind of expected from the vintage). Just a bit too lean and tart for me, not in the mouthwatering way that accompanies some good fruit intensity, it was dominant for my palate. I’m looking forward to trying the 14 at some point.
I think at the time I first tasted it, there wasn’t any around. Then I never remembered to look for it, though it showed up in a few places eventually, by then the price was higher than I was willing to pay.
Have you tried Richard Leroy and Stéphane bernaudeau? Both of those cost about $100/btl on the secondary market and yet remain great value. The Richard Leroy recently beat a d’auvenay and a roulot in a blind tasting with some serious connaisseurs at my place!
NOSE: initially tight and a bit oaky; hint of anejo tequila; a strong note of cilantro would come and go, as well. Broadened a little on Day 2.
BODY: green-yellow color of medium-light intensity; medium bodied.
TASTE: tart; very high acidity; medium+ oak (wish it was less); tight fruit; a touch creamy; would like to see more fruit and mineral — for now, at 1.5 hrs in, it’s just mostly very acidic. Never really moved-off its acid and into a spectrum with much flavor. Day 2 offered a sliver of hope for the future. Gut impression score: 90ish, and that is largely derivative of my hope/assumption this becomes more attractive with age. Hold.