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The exact origins of Muscadet and origin of Melon de Bourgogne grapes are unclear. The term Muscadet is attested in a document from 1635. In the eighteenth century it was widely believed that the first vines were brought from Burgundy Melon in nantais territories in 1740, but perhaps also from Holland. According to Pierre Galet, French expert in viticulture, it was Louis XIV to order a plant of Melon de Bourgogne after the devastating frosts of the "Great Winter" of 1709, because this new varieties appeared to be resistant to cold. The term Muscadet seems then to be tied hand in glove with its own peculiar aroma characteristic: it is, in fact, a wine that has "musk" scent. The designation Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine is the most prestigious and the most productive among the appellations that cultivate the Melon de Bourgogne. This appellation, which covers the area south-east of Nantes, takes its name from two rivers, the Sèvre Nantaise and Maine that bathe the territory called Vignoble nantais whose soil is composed mostly of granite and shale, like the one in the area of Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, and clay like that of Vallet. About 45% of Muscadet products is "sur lie" fermented, with a special technique that gives a structure called "pearling". It is usually well-structured wine with fruity acidity that gives sensations due to the carbonic gas which is naturally present in the wine.
Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne
Soil: the vineyard of Grand Fief de la Cormeraie rests on a clay layer (40cm) covering a land sedimentary rock (gneiss and mica granite)
Age of the vines: 65 years
Vinification and ageing: the wine is vinified "sur lie" on its lees, like all other Muscadet of the estate. The "lie", death of yeast cells, are the result of a natural sedimentation of the solid elements of the wine during the winter. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine is aged on the lees throughout the winter until bottling in late March. It does not undergo racking, what allows retaining a small amount of CO2 that will give this little "perlant" very pleasant ed appreciated by this wine lovers.
Colour: bright straw yellow with golden highlights.
Bouquet: rich and significantly greater vegetal aromas, fresh cut grass, tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, apricot.
Taste: fruity, structured and full of personality.