Jean-François and Marie-Luce began purchasing parcels of this vineyard in 1988 with the goal of bringing the cherished vineyards of their two families together under one house. Their estates are located in the heart of the Nantes vineyard region and they have 30 hectares of vines situated on three boroughs between Sèvre et Maine, exclusively planted with the grape variety Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet). Vines planted as far back as 1937 root into the rocky terroir composed of gneiss, mica, garnet and amphibolite –a recipe of stones between the Sèvre and Maine rivers known as the most highly regarded of the Muscadet appellations. While we carve our turkeys, hang our stockings and dye our eggs, these wines ‘faire ses pâcques’ (literally ‘make their Easter’), resting 'sur lie' to develop richness and depth, and bottled by gravity with no filtration. Jean-François and Marie-Luce are truly les Vignerons d'Art. View all Louis Metaireau Wines
About LoireView a map of Loire wineries Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds, Cabernet Franc takes center stage but the region also has plantings of Pinot Noir and Gamay. The AC of Cremant de Loire is popular – these are the sparkling wines of the Loire, usually made with Chenin Blanc.
Notable FactsAs for which grapes you find in which regions… Starting on the Atlantic Coast and moving east - Muscadet hails from the region of the same name, within the larger Nantes district, right on the Atlantic coast. The wines are dry, citrusy and pleasant, but rarely powerful or intensely aromatic. Just inland from Nantes is Anjou-Samur, home to Savennières, an excellent source of dry Chenin Blanc. To the east is Touraine, where you'll find the popular white region of Vouvray - Chenin Blanc shines in Vouvray, which can be dry, off-dry or sweet – the majority of those found in the states are a lovely and food-friendly off-dry. In the same district, Cabernet Franc makes delicious, delicate and elegant reds from Bourguil and Chinon. Finally, in the Upper Loire area, Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé turn out Sauvignon Blancs of razor sharp acidity and minerality.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.