Jerome Lambert tends just a few hectares of vines near Rablay-sur-Layon, in a remote part of the Loire south of Angers. They are farmed organically with a real focus on biodiversity.
Over the last few years we have been drinking his wines whenever we had the chance. Each and every time they stood out in their purity, tension and focus. We were very happy to finally meet Jerome, stroll through his vineyards and taste together in his makeshift cellar on a particularly frosty morning in the dark depths of February and even more so when he agreed to send a little of his minuscule production to London.
In a good year, Jerome produces three riffs on Chenin Blanc from a single plot of low-yielding vines up to 50 years old planted over schist. By hand, he makes three separate harvests of this site, offering three fascinating expressions of the terroir. They are taut, tense expressions of Chenin that possess a wonderful ability to age.
He also farms a little Grolleau and Cabernet Franc. The fruit here is planted over sandy soils and the wines reflect these. They are juicy, joyful and lively. In short, everything we look for in the vibrant reds of the Loire.
These are essential wines, amongst the most distinctive we have tried and we could not be happier to be working with Jerome.