Crisp, flinty notes with a hint of lemon on the nose. The palate has fresh, zesty, savoury bites with hints of green apple along with yeasty lees notes. A lovely classic Muscadet with character and flavour representative of the vintage.
Pierre-Henri Gadais is now really making his mark at the helm of his family’s Domaine in Muscadet. He is in the process of converting to organic production and experimenting with a new ‘natural’ cuvée called Melon Blanc. Probably not the most fashionable place for a young winemaker but he is genuinely enthusiastic about the potential of his native region and if you want a bright, saline, food-friendly white to freshen the palate in January then remind yourself how good proper Muscadet can be.
The vineyard lies on one of the best sites in Nantais at St Fiacre. Here the soils are layered with 'orthogneiss', a cracked mineral-rich rock through which the vine roots weave and nourish the vine. 'Vieilles Vignes' is made from Nelly Marzellau's oldest 45-year-old vines - a rarity for Muscadet where most are dug up after 40 years. Made traditionally at this small estate. The grapes were hand-picked, lightly pressed to keep all the delicacies and purity of flavour and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve aromas. The wine was left on its fine lees until the following spring to add complexity and extra zest.
Begs for shellfish on ice, but would also work well with grilled white fish.
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