Domaine des Guidoirs Muscadet Sèvre & Maine sur Lie
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Classical single vineyard Muscadet!
- For 4 generations, the Nouet family has taken the greatest care of its 57 acres of vines located 13 miles south-east of Nantes, on the banks of the Sèvre river.
- This is an unusually windy site in an already windy area, bringing freshness to the finished wine!
Varietal Composition: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
Elaboration: Guyot pruning, sustainable farming. The grapes are pressed directly (pneumatic press) when they arrive at the cellar to preserve the freshness of the aroma. Selected yeast adapted to the terroir of this cuvée. Fermentation with thermo-regulation (59-65°F). Ageing on lies with stirring
Tasting Notes: Light, bright and crisp, this is a tangy wine. Its floral and grapefruit aromas are both part of a wine that has been made to be fruity and elegant.
This is a fairly small, atypical coop of 10 members, all from Le Pallet in the heart of Muscadet. All 10 members have their own properties, they bottle and sell a part of their production themselves and another part goes to the coop for use in a larger appellation “blend.” The President is one of the owners and so is the winemaker. The facilities are at one member’s winery. “Le Pallet” the vineyard is one of the Crus of Muscadet, there are seven crus in all, and is considered by many as the best. The soil is interesting, the northwest part of the town consists of light colored rocks (Roches Blanches) mixed with sand and the southwest area is dark colored (Roches Noires) and sand. Their “Jubilation” bottling referenced above represents a new movement in the appellation towards intense, bottle aged Muscadet with better selection, later harvesting, and longer aging on the lees. These wines are very different, more serious, fuller and real aging potential. For some odd reason wines in this category cannot be called “sur lie” although they stay much longer on them.