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2015 Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu sur lie “Le Clos de la Butte”

Éric Chevalier

2015 Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu sur lie “Le Clos de la Butte” Éric Chevalier - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant


While mass-produced Muscadet may be the definition of sour, insipid white wine, a properly farmed and competently vinified rendition like Éric Chevalier’s is a different creature. Loaded with character, these wines deliver a unique kind of pleasure, oozing the essence of briny Atlantic winds that constantly batter the western Loire. Éric is relatively new to winemaking, having released his first vintage from the family domaine just ten years ago, but his ambition and innate sense of taste have already made him a star in the region. Always seeking more depth in his wines and a purer expression of his terroir, Éric has ceased using herbicides and instead plows his soils—a physically and economically demanding choice, justified by delicious bottles like this broad, saline 2015 Muscadet. The Clos de la Butte is a parcel of fifty-year-old Melon de Bourgogne vines on metamorphic rock, and it offers all the refreshment and value great Muscadet should provide. —Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2015
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Melon de Bourgogne
  • Appellation Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu
  • Country France
  • Region Loire
  • Vineyard 50 years; 6 ha
  • Soil Serpentinite, eclogite, quartz
  • Winemaker Éric Chevalier
  • Aging Wine stays in foudre for fermentation and élevage, then raised 10-12 months depending on the vintage
  • Farming Lutte Raisonnée
  • Alcohol 11.5%

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