Domaine de l'Epinay

Loire | Muscadet Sevre et Maine | Clisson

Cyrille & Sylvain Paquereau are part of a new movement in the Pays Nantais that is reviving a true understanding of both their variety, melon de bourgogne, and the precise set of soils in which it thrives. They represent the fifth generation of their family to work this 16th-century estate, in the heart of Clisson. Conversion to organics and concentration on the precise match of grape to terroir distinguish their tenure. The range at Domaine de l’Epinay focuses on melon’s terroir transparency, aided by spontaneous fermentations, minimal added sulphites, and up to 36 months lees aging in underground cement tanks.

Domaine de l'Epinay 2020 Muscadet Serve et Maine "Selection" sur lie

The main idea for Muscadet at the domaine is old vines, low yields, hand harvests. The “Sélection” bottling comes from 20- and 40-year-old vines grown on sandy-silty soils over gabbro. Cyrille and Sylvain point out that “the cycle of melon de bourgogne on these lands is rather ‘tardif’ and these parcels are often picked towards the end of the harvest.” In spite of this the wine does not typically go through malolactic and remains focused and bright, drawing an energetic expression from the terroir. Muscadet wines at the domaine are treated traditionally, fermented with native yeasts in underground concrete vats. “Sélection” typically ages in concrete an additional 8 months sur lie prior to bottling.

  • 2020
  • Melon de Bourgogne
  • France
  • Loire
  • Muscadet Sevre et Maine
  • Certified Organic by Ecocert
  • Granite, gabbro
  • 8 months cement
  • Cement
  • 1.0
  • 750 ml

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