2013 Jerome Lambert Melodie en Sous Sol
Jerome Lambert tends just a couple of hectares of vines near Rablay-sur-Layon, in a remote part of the Loire south of Anjou. They are farmed organically with a real focus on biodiversity. 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. This is from his final harvest of Chenin, a few weeks after he began picking Coule de Source, here we find a wine more flesh and depth cut with that real tension that appears so inherent in Jerome’s wines.