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The vine, the vineyard and the "crûs"

Between the Loire and bocage countryside, enjoy a wine growing territory revealed in its most famous white wine, Muscadet. A green and nuanced landscape unfolds around its plateaus and hills.

Did you know?

Muscadet comes from a grape variety unique in the world - the "Melon de Bourgogne", introduced into the Vignoble de Nantes during the seventeenth century, and to Anjou from 1529.

The word "Sur Lie" is a method of winemaking originating in the Nantes vineyards. It involves growing Muscadet “on the lees” to get the best flavour and a “perlant” or pearly texture.

The Country around the Vignoble de Nantes is the cradle of Muscadet Sevre et Maine, named after the two rivers that run through it.

Muscadet is an excellent accompaniment to food. Its fresh fragrance with subtle floral or fruity notes make it delicious with fish, white meat, seafood and other dishes prepared with care by the talented chefs of the region. Always enjoy it in a friendly atmosphere!

The grand crû wines of the region are highly expressive products of long growth and a particular quality of soil. They are evocative of their terroir (the idea of produce and its land). Gorges, Clisson and Le Pallet are the three premier crû wines recognized as AOC. Other names are Mouzillon-Tillieres Monnières, St. Fiacre, Chateau Thebaud and Vallet. Gros-Plant and country wines, Cabernet, Gamay, Merlot and others complete the palette of wines to taste and savour"

 

Joel Forgeau, president of the label:

"For consumers, the Muscadet grand crû wines are a guarantee of the highest quality - wines to keep - because they are original, rather rare and little known, coming from stricylt identified vineyards. The crûs confirm that there is a real legitimacy - for an amateur of fine white wines from around the world in choosing a Muscadet. For growers, the formal establishment of the crû is a recognition of the quality of our soils. It is also a recognition of the work done over the years to know them more deeply, analyzing them and improving them. But it is mainly an encouragement, motivating the various participants in the vignoble continue on this path to excellence. The crûs of the Muscadet pave open the doors to the entire appellation" (source: Interloire press release)

 

History of the Vignoble de Nantes

The vine, in the Nantes region in general, appears first in the Gallo-Roman era. It suffered from repeated invasions, and was only be restored for good in the 11th century, when mainly red wines were produced. .

It was not until the sixteenth century that the white grape Gros Plant "La Folle blanche" first appears in records. It was mainly used to produce a spirit known as Brandy Nantais. In 1709, severe cold overcame the vineyards which experienced severe losses. The Melon de Bourgogne grape arrived in the vineyard of Nantes in 1635, becoming predominant with the Muscadet.

Between 1864 and 1895, the vineyards suffered not from the cold but the phylloxera epidemic which attacks the roots of the vines. This led to the uprooting of all vines, which were replaced.

This reconstruction of the vineyard was carried out using grafts onto the roots of American vines, immune to the disease. The reconstruction of the vineyard resulted in the abandonment of traditional modes of plantation, with the plough and harvesting machines being the oldest and newest innovations used after the redevelopment.

Until the 1920s, Muscadet was consumed mainly in the Nantes region.

From 1925, its reputation took off and exports began to Normandy, Brittany and then Paris and the rest of the world. The first AOC designation for the wine was granted in 1936.

 


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