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 2019 Muscadet Serve et Maine Cru Clisson
Clisson, Epinay’s great vin de garde, hails from 2.5 hectares within the eponymous cru. Soils are gravel and silt over “granite de Clisson” bedrock. It is a warm, early-ripening site with vines planted more than a half-century ago. Harvests are pushed to optimal maturity, typically at least three weeks later than “Sélection” (“to be at the limit, just before the stage of over maturity,” the brothers say) and yields are tightly delimited at 40 hl/ha to maximize terroir expression.
The juice is put directly in vats for a fermentation of two to three weeks. The wine is then racked and stays on its fine lees for nearly 36 months. “It can ripen slowly and enrich itself on its deposit until it is bottled.” It is a powerful wine of character, with an intense and complex nose, showing the rich texture and fine balance of a great terroir of Muscadet on a relatively light alcoholic frame.
- Melon de Bourgogne
- Muscadet Sevre et Maine
- Certified Organic by Ecocert
- Granite de Clisson, gravel
- 35 months cement
- 750 ml
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