In order to conserve the wine's freshness and unique bouquet, Laurence and Gerard Vinet mature their wine on its lees and bottle it in the spring following the harvest.
This wine is an ideal accompaniment to fish and seasfood dishes.
Domaine de la Quilla Winery
It’s been nearly twenty years since we first began working with
Gerard and Daniel Vinet at the well-known estate of Quilla in the
village of La Haie-Fouassiere. A little known fact is that this village
is the origin of the famous wines of Muscadet. The village is
located within the region known as Sevre et Maine, an area that lies
between the two tributaries that flow from the south to the Loire. Of
the three zones within the appellation of Muscadet, Sevre et Maine
is the best ripening area for the Muscadet grape type (which is also
known as Melon de Bourgogne).
The Vinet family owns about 60 acres. The vineyards are tended
by Daniel and vinification is controlled by Gérard, his younger
brother. With the Atlantic influence, the harvest generally begins
early September. The yields are not excessive and all the fruit is
harvested by hand. The real key to the wines from Domaine de la
Quilla is that the Vinet’s keep the wines sur lie for eight months
before bottling at the end of May, unlike most in this appellation
who bottle in March. The Vinet family work proudly to produce this
impeccably dry and fragrant wine. Enjoy!
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It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are 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.
As 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 regions
When 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.
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.