Region: Loire Valley, France
Color/Style: White Wine
Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne
We have long admired the passion, curiosity and experimentation happening chez Jérôme Bretaudeau, a small estate based in Gétigné in the Muscadet region. From his meticulous farming in the vineyards - where classic Melon de Bourgogne vines grow alongside Chardonnay, Savagnin, Pinot Noir and Merlot to his work in the cellar - a kaleidoscope of stainless steel vats, casks, barrels, concrete eggs and amphora that implies someone constantly pushing the limits of what’s possible in this region. His range of wines are a fascinating interpretation of the gabbro, granite and gneiss terroirs, offering just the right balance between ripe fruit and mineral expression.
- Variety: Melon de Bourgogne
- Vine Age: Planted from the 1970s to the 1990s
- Terroir: Multiple hillside parcels on and sand soils with lots of gabbro rocks (igneous volcanic)
- Viticulture: Certified organic (since 2012) and biodynamic (Biodyvin, as of 2020)
- Vinification: Direct pressing, indigenous yeast fermentation. Aged for 8 months on fine lees in stainless steel and concrete tanks.