The appellation "Côtes de Grandlieu" was created by a decree on December 29th, 1994. This is a regional appellation like "Sèvre et Maine" and "Coteaux de la Loire". It spreads over 19 villages, with about 300 hectares of vines. On our estate, this selection covers about seven hectares with an annual production of 50 000 bottles. Most of our vines producing this wine are farmed in short cane pruning (2x3 buds), ploughed and trellised. This technique allows us to control the yield to approximately 50 hectolitres per hectare.
Grape Variety :
100% Melon de Bourgogne.
Type of soil :
Sand and clay on micaschist. Shallow soil.
Age of vines :
30 years on average.
Vinification Method :
- Manual and mechanical harvest.
- Settling of the juice and temperature controlled fermentation at 18°.
- The production from each plot is isolated and vinified separately.
- The wines are kept on their fermentation lees.
- No racking is operated.
- The blending of our different vats occurs when bottling in March or April.
- To ensure the homogeneity of the cuvee, we do only one bottling per vintage.
- Pale green reflection robe.
- Floral nose with scents of white peach, grapefruit and green apple moving on to mineral notes.
- Lemony acidity.
- Slightly pearling on the mouth, due to the carbonic gas of fermentation; cool and refreshing attack letting place to a solid structure and notes of fruit and almond on the finish.