Vineyard: 30-60 year old vines located north of the Lac de Grandlieu. Vineyards are planted densely with 7,000 vines per hectare.
Soil: Mica schist, granite and sand
Viticulture: Practice "lutte raisonnée" in the vineyard, aiming to avoid chemical or mechanical intervention. Low yields kept to 40-45 hectoliter/hectare.
Vinification: Traditional vinification: must settles for 48 hours and ferments with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature.
Aging: Aged on the lees in tank for minimum of 7 years.
If you’ve ever wondered what an ancient-vine Muscadet from an excellent grower would taste like after spending a decade underground in tank, here’s your opportunity. From 70-year-old vines in a gravelly, cobbled, quartzite-rich site over a bed of schist and amphibolite, this leads with pungent aromas of lemon peel and bruised apple skin. Hints of moss, iodine and alkali emerge on a polished but firm palate, leading to a finish exuberantly assisted by fresh lemon and reprising the aforementioned mineral themes. The evolution here has not been in a softening direction but instead toward attractive austerity.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 95 (Decanter)
One of just two wines from the Grandlieu zone in this tasting. This estate, run by Nicolas and Hervé Choblet, is in Bouaye, in the northwest, the vines on schist and amphibolite. Origine (first vintage 1996) comes from their oldest parcel of vines (1.5ha) planted by their great-grandfather in 1944. The 2006 spent 120 months on lees in an underground vat where the lees were stirred once or twice in first year then left untouched.