Vineyard: 3 hectares parcel with 45-55 year old vines
Soil: Top soil is granulous and not very deep. Sub-soil of orthogneiss, a metamorphosed igneous rock where minerals are arranged in bands.
Viticulture: Organically farmed since 1975, biodynamic-demeter certified since 1998. Soil worked manually and yields are kept low. All grapes are hand harvested.
Vinification: Gravity fed with no use of pumps. Wild yeast fermentations with no racking of the must.
Aging: Aged on the lees in underground vats.
Production: 1,420 cases
Notes: Nose is subtle and elegant with the zest of citrus fruits, white flowers, spices such as ginger and cumin, and notes of flint, dried fruits and toasted almonds. The attack is sharp and focused, with great purity and elegance on the palate. Finishes with salty, chalky and slightly smokey notes. A wine with the an excellent ability to age.
Publication: Wine advocate
The pale colored 2013 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Orthogneiss has a precise and citric fruit aroma of candied limes, dried apples and brown pips. The palate is quite rich but also piquant, fresh and salty, the finish complex and long. This is another must-taste Muscadet from this terrific biodynamic domaine.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 91 (WE)
This wine is creamy, rich and has a fragrant, aromatic character. It is full in the mouth, hinting almost at toastiness, certainly vanilla and rich yellow fruits. Ripely concentrated and spicy, it can be drunk now. - Wine Enthusiast