Grown on the banks of France’s largest lake, the Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu is the youngest of the appellations in the vineyards around Nantes.
It is a super fresh, dry white wine with a full bouquet of white flowers.
Geographical location: The vineyard is stretched over 19 communes in the South-West of Nantes (region of Herbauges, Logne and Boulogne) and around the lake of Grand-Lieu.
Surface area: 300 ha (750 acres)
History: Mentioned by Rabelais in his “Cinquième Livre”, the Melon de Bourgogne appeared inf the 16th century on the banks of the Loire river. The presence of the abbeys in the area testifies the bonds between the Loire Valley and Burgundy which could even be older.
Types of soil: Mixture of volcanic and metamorphic rocks from the Massif Armoricain, with mainly gneiss, micaschists, greenschists, a little bit of granite and a handful of sandy areas.
Climate: Moderate oceanic climate with regular year-round rainfall, sunny summers and the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. The climate is more moderate from one end to the other of the vineyard. This situation results from the more or less large distance between the Loire and the coast in particular.
Annual production: 10,500 hl
Basic yield: 55 hl/ha
Grape varieties: Melon de Bourgogne
Sensory characteristics: The early terroir offers wines with supple, rich and floral aromas.
Serving temperatur: between 9°C and 11°C.
The Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu can also be vinified on its lees (‘sur lie’). The wines must have spent a winter stored in a tank or barrel and should remain on their lees until the point of bottling. The slight residues of carbon dioxide which remain after fermentation give the wines their particular freshness and special liveliness on the palate, often referred to as the ‘pearls of youth’. They also offer a great finesse and a characteristic bouquet