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2022 Gros-Plant du Pays Nantais

Domaine Michel Brégeon
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There are few wines as rare as Brégeon’s Gros Plant–this is the only wine we import made from the grape known as Folle Blanche. Though more commonly found in the southwest of France, Folle Blanche has also found a home in the western Loire Valley. Like its regional compatriot, Muscadet, this racy wine is a perfect match for all types of crustaceans as well all by itself on a sunny afternoon.

Clark Z. Terry


Technical Information
Wine Type: white
Vintage: 2022
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Folle Blanche
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: André-Michel Brégeon
Winemaker: Fred Lailler
Vineyard: 40 years average, 10 ha total
Soil: Gabbro
Farming: Organic (certified)
Alcohol: 10%

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About The Region

Loire

map of Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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