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Domaine de la Foliette Sevre & Maine sur lie Vieilles Vignes Muscadet 2012
Domaine de la Foliette has been run by three associates since 1996, all of whom come from local wine-growing families: Denis Brosseau, Jean Hervouet and Eric Vincent. In bringing our expertise and the knowledge of previous generations together, we produce Muscadet wines that are regularly mentioned in the specialised press and win awards in competitions such as the Concours Général Agricole de Paris and the Concours départemental de Nantes.
As a member of the “Terra Vitis” label, which advocates sustainable viticulture in France, we maintain a limited production (short pruning, low yield) and we operate a rigorous selection to provide our clients with authentic wines that reflect and express our local soils. You can discover our range of wines here on this site: you can browse through them before you get the opportunity to discover them in person at our vineyard on one of our two open days, which are held each year on the last week-end of November.
The Pays Nantais, Loire’s only region abutting the Atlantic coast, is solely focused on the Melon de Bourgogne grape in its handful of subzones: Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, Muscadet-Coteaux de la Loire and Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu. Muscadet wines are dry, crisp, seaside whites made from Melon de Bourgogne and are ideal for the local seafood-focused cuisine. (They are not related to Muscat.) There is a new shift in the region to make these wines with extended lees contact, creating fleshy and more aromatic versions.
Made famous in Muscadet, a gently rolling, Atlantic-dominated countryside on the eastern edge of the Loire, Melon de Bourgogne is actually the most planted grape variety in the Loire Valley. But the best of it comes from Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, a subzone west of the city of Nantes, which is part of the larger Pays Nantais.
The name might suggest this grape is from Burgundy—and indeed its origins are Burgundian. But while history shows it is the progeny of Pinot and Gouais blanc, it was continuously outlawed from Burgundy, just like Gamay, at various times during the 16th and 17th centuries.
In the Glass
Muscadet wine is full of fresh acidity and has smoky and saline aromas with some floral character; flavors are of green pear, lemon and honeysuckle. Since the mid 1980s, winemakers have been successfully experimenting with various winemaking techniques including barrel fermentation, lees stirring and pre-fermentation skin contact to make a more complex wine.
Try Muscadet with any light and flaky fish, oysters, roasted chicken, root vegetables and fondue.
The wine itself is called Muscadet, and while suggestive of “muscat,” the wine is not related to any Muscat variety.