Gros Plant du Pays Nantais: Domaine de la Mortaine 2018

Sébastian Chéreau's Gros Plant is arguably even paler and drier than its Muscadet sibling but has much the same racy, mineral-edged precision and is equally at home with shellfish. Bring on the bivalves!
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Tasting Notes
Gros Plant was introduced to the region by the Dutch Wine Trade in the 1600s and until the phylloxera epidemic at the end of the 19th Century, was the principal grape of the Nantais. Now almost entirely superseded by Muscadet, this characterful and unique wine is becoming endangered.

Gros Plant has been a perennial listing with Yapp Brothers for many years. Due to the fact that production is declining and very little is exported, it remains a relatively undiscovered wine that is very good value for money. This superb example is pale, crisp and bone dry with a clean, almost briney, palate and delicate sea air bouquet.
About this wine
Style White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Loire, Muscadet (Vin de Pays Nantais)
Grape Variety (Cépage) Gros Plant
Food & Wine Matching Oysters
Viticulture Non-Organic
Vintage 2018
Cellarage Best drunk young but will keep happily for 2-3 years from bottling.
Vinification Hand harvested grapes are picked at optimum ripeness and are vinified in stainless steel vats prior to an early Spring bottling.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 11

Sébastien Chéreau

The Chéreaus have been vignerons for 2 centuries and the Domaine is now ably run by Sébastian. Yapp Brothers first shipped the 1973 vintage and have listed their unfailingly pleasurable wine every year since. The recipe for consistency seems to be to make as few changes as possible, a lack of innovation which we applaud. Their single Muscadet bottling is both ‘De Sévre et Maine’ (from the heartland of the Nantais where these two rivers converge) and ‘Sur Lie’ (rested on its fine lees over winter to impart extra flavour). We are delighted that Sébastien is now bottling his own Gros Plant, a crisp, mineral-edged offering that serves as a bracing pick-me-up or seafood support act.

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