Muscadet Wine

Last year we lost one of our longest serving suppliers when, after a succession of volume-depleted 'short' vintages, Sébastien Chéreau of Domaine de la Mortaine decided to sell his vine holdings in Muscadet and start a new career. Happily, his vines were bought by his friend and neighbour Jean-François Baron, who is also based in the hamlet of 'Le Boucher', between the rivers Sèvre and Maine in the heart of the Nantais. Here, Jean-François and his wife Claudine tend 15 hectares of vines, under biodiversity-promoting Haute Valeur Environnementale certification, from which they make a classic Muscadet that rests on its fine lees over winter to gain additional complexity and flavour. Quite sportingly, they agreed to take over the label that Quentin Blake designed for us in the mid-1980s depicting a romantic couple toasting each other with glasses of Muscadet. The Barons' finished wine is certainly a worthy successor to Sébastien's popular bottling. With classic 'sea air' and 'oyster shell' scents and a bracing zesty palate offset by fresh acidity, it drinks well from release and makes for an uplifting aperitif or partner to shellfish.

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  1. Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Jean-François Baron 2021
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