Muscadet is one of my absolute favorite dry white wines to drink while cooking at home. Éric’s Clos de la Butte is the perfect combination of freshness, crisp acidity, and a lingering finish that is always a mouthwatering experience. Oops, Honey, did we just drain the whole bottle?!?
|Blend:||Melon de Bourgogne|
|Appellation:||Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu|
|Vineyard:||50 years; 6 ha|
|Soil:||Serpentinite, eclogite, quartz|
|Aging:||Wine stays in foudre for fermentation and élevage, then raised 10-12 months depending on the vintage|
Éric Chevalier France | Loire | Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu
Éric Chevalier is a rising star in the Nantais of the Loire Valley. For ten years, he sourced fruit for a large négociant in the Touraine. In 2005, he returned to his hometown of Saint-Philbert de Grandlieu and ended up taking over the family domaine, Domaine de l’Aujardière. His father, a talented vigneron well-known as a high-quality source of bulk wine, had stopped working the vineyards and the vines were going to have to be pulled up and replanted or sold. Éric was anything but enthusiastic. Little by little his passion grew, and today he is proud to be the 4th generation to farm the domaine. Éric sustainably farms 25 hectares of vines, producing wines of great character and finesse. He found his future in his family’s past.
There is so much contained in a glass of good wine, It is a gift of nature that tastes of man's foibles, his sense of the beautiful, his idealism and virtuosity.
Adventures on the Wine Route, pages 232