After decades toiling on the windswept plains of the Nantais, our erstwhile Muscadet grower – since 1973 - Sébastien Chereau decided that becoming a landscape gardener was an easier occupation, so he sold his vines to neighbour Jean-François Baron in 2020. Situated in Monnières in the heart of Nantes wine country between the Sèvre and Maine rivers, Jean-François and wife Claudine have been at the helm of the family domaine since 1990 and are the 4th generation of Barons to make wine in the locality. They now tend to 15 hectares of vines mostly for their principal bottling of Muscadet 'Sèvre et Maine sur Lie'. Working sustainably is the key aim of the couple and from 2020, they have been certified as 'Haute Valeur Environnementale', a regime which seeks to use as few fertilisers and herbicides as possible, and creates green zones to preserve wildlife habitats and encourage biodiversity. They use a novel system of bio-control to avoid the ravages of insects by releasing predatory insects in the vines to put off would-be crop ravagers.