2017 Landron "Le Fief du Breil" - a beautiful wine - now or in 15 years

New Arrivals from Muscadet, Featuring Jo Landron's Beautiful 2017 "Fief du Breil" and 2020s from Domaine de la Parentière!

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OK it's February during a snowstorm, and we shouldn't email about Muscadet, but....we just acquired the importer's last stock of the brilliant 2017 Le Fief du Breil from Jo Landron. We've enjoyed this wine many times since it's release in late 2021, after 3 years of aging sur-lie. Forward enough to enjoy now, the density and structure of this wine will enable it to age wonderfully for another 10 to 15+ years.

Jo in the vines

Take advantage of the new low price ($26.99 less 10% on a case) to put some of this in your cellar or for enjoying soon with a filet of sole...

Our friend Cris Kissack, in  WineDoctor gave the wine a Big Point Score in his 2022 update: "Jo’s top cuvée, a cru prototype, is sourced from vines aged more than 30 - 40 years, planted in soils of orthogneiss and quartz. This was vinified in cement cuve, followed by 36 months on the lees. The nose is just beautiful, elegantly polished, with notes of blanched almond, fragrant vanilla and dried citrus fruits. A super style on the palate, tense but also dense, polished, a little sinewy even, which I like, always with that bitter grip. A delightful style freshened with nuances of iodine and apple skin, this is excellent, and is clearly set to go the distance in the cellar."

Domaine Landron was certified organic in 2002 and Biodynamic in 2011. Thank-you Jo!

Old vines at Parentiere

Domaine Parentière in Vallet (Muscadet Sèvre et Maine) Michel and Guilhaume Ménager produce vibrant Musacdet and Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) from old vines on their tiny estate between Clisson and Vallet on slopes above the river Sangueze, which they have tended organically for more than 40 years. The sub-soil is gabbro, similar to basalt, that gives a unique aromatic quality and density to the wine, quite different from wines produced on the normal granite or gneiss/schiste soils of Muscadet. The Ménagers have always harvested by hand and never chaptalize, producing wines that are light, refreshing and very "mineral" in character. The 2020 vintage is particularly good here offering two unique and delicious wines that are sensational values. We've just re-tasted both wines, and they're drinkng beautifully - the Fraîcheur Iodée de L'Atlantique, at 10% alcohol, is bone-dry, favoring minerals over fruit and the Muscadet Vieilles Vignes is wonderfully unique and complex, really showing the gabbro terroir. Both these wines are superb values!

The Menager family in 2016

"Organic farming has always been a given, we have been working in harmony with nature and our living soils for more than 40 years without any chemicals. We continued the work of my grandfather cultivating in the spirit of organic farming - as the certification did not exist at the time, it was only in 1984 that we asked for the certification that had juat been created. Agronomy, the microbial life of our soils is at the center of our priorities. The Gabbro bedrock, rich in iron, calcium and magnesium, enables us to produce wines that drink well young and that age gracefully."

The flora an fauna of living, minimally tilled soils derive nutrients and micro-nutrients from the bedrock and pass these along to the vines through symbiotic relationships with mychorrizal funghi and other means, in an amazingly complex natural system. This is destroyed by the application of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Bravo to those estates whose organic and Biodynamic farming produces delicious and healthier wines!!

All wines discount 10% on a case or mixed case. Pick-up, local delivery and shipping available Wed 2/14.

Parentière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vieilles Vignes (Organic)

Michel and Guilhaume Ménager produce this lovely Musacdet on their tiny estate near Vallet, which they have tended organically for more than 40 years. The sub-soil is gabbro, a type of basalt, that gives a unique aromatic quality to the wine, quite different from wines produced on the normal granite or gneiss/schiste soils of Muscadet. The Ménagers have always harvested by hand and never chaptalize, producing wines that are light, refreshing and very "mineral" in character. The 2020 shows complex aromas typical of the gabbro terroir - stone, petrol, white fruits, white flowers, almond, a bit Riesling-esque perhaps as both grapes had a common parent, the 'Gouais Blanc. The palate is dense and sapid, even though the alcohol is only 12.3%, with stone, pear, almond and flinty notes.  This is a beautiful Muscadet to enjoy with shellfish, seafood, poultry and mild cheeses. Bravo to the Ménagers for producing this delightful wine at such a low cost!

  • white
  • 21 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic

Parentière 2020 Vin de France Fraîcheur Iodée L'Atlantique

The Parentière Fraîcheur Iodée de L'Atlantique, which roughly translates as "Atlantic sea-spray" is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 40 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts and the wines are never chaptalized, remaining light, mineral and refreshing.  Not only does it's name translate to the Iodized Freshness from the Atlantic, but that's exactly what it evokes upon tasting...there you are standing on the jetty in some coastal French town in Brittany where the seafood boats are docked, slurping down oysters freshly shucked in the early morning light while being slapped in the face by the "Atlantic Sea Spray!" The wine shows subtle aromas of stone, citrus confit, almond and  minerals. The palate is bone dry, with hints of granny smith, citrus and stone, and the finish is clean, long and refreshing. "Fruity" is not a word you would apply to this wine, but subtle, elegant and refreshing define it well - exhilarating!  Giselle Hamburg/David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $12.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2022 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

Muscadet for Thanksgiving? Yes, if it's the beautiful, ripe and perfectly balanced 2022 Gras Moutons! Les Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. The vines are at the top of a hill and on the south facing slope overlooking the Maine. (The name, by the way, does not refer to fat sheep, despite their presence on the label, but rather in local dialect, to the hilltop vineyard site.) This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet to drink young or after short-term cellaring of 5 to 10 years. The 2022 shows a bright very pale gold color. The nose is subtle but complex with a lovely melange of peach, pear, melon, lemon verbena, dried herbs and wet stone. The palate is marked by a nice bitter minerality underlying white fruits and citrus flavors. The finish is pure, clean and refreshing, perfectly balanced at 12% alcohol. This is a lovely Muscadet to enjoy with shellfish, fish and chips, fish in sauce and white meats over the next 10 years. Try to save a few - we're drinking the last of our 2018s which are fantastic...! David Lillie

  • white
  • 18 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
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Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sèvre, with clay, sand and quartz stones over a bedrock of orthogneiss. The vines average 40 years of age, the vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and gives very low yields. In the dense and well-strctured 2017 vintage the wine was aged 30 months sur-lie. This beautiful Muscadet needs aeration or decanting, then shows aromas of grapefruit skin, pear, lime-flower, candied citrus and almond. The palate is perfectly balanced and intensely mineral - showing ripe white fruits, almond, anise and stone flavors with firm acidity and pronounced flavors of stone and saline mineral. This is a bit more forward than the granite and gabbro-based based wines - really superb as a young wine served with shellfish, grilled fish and white meats. As usual with great Muscadet it will age beautifully and pair with monkfish, lobster and aged goat cheeses. 2017 is a great vintage for this superb Muscadet - don't miss it!  David Lillie

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $26.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2022 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords Vieilles Vignes

100% Melon de Bourgogne. Briords is a 3-hectare lieu-dit in the cru of Château Thébaud. These vines are the estate's oldest plot, planted from massale selection 60-70 years ago. The sandy clay soils are rich in granite de Thébaud, a type differing from granite de Clisson in in its higher feldspar and clay content; it is cooler, holds water well and ripens the fruit more slowly. The farming is certified-biodynamic and the vineyard work including harvest is manual. 2022 was  a vintage of heat and sunshine but with frost in the spring that lowered yields. Much needed light rains in August enabled the grapes to ripen properly, and an early harvest brought in perfectly ripe fruit with somewhat lower acidities than usual. The 2022 "Briords" showed beautifully last winter in Angers - wonderfully elegant and round with terrific density and length. - vivid aromas of dried pear, bitter lemon, anise and herbs with surprising hints of exotic fruit backed with earth and mineral notes. The aromatic ripeness is more restrained on the palate which shows beautifully supple and dense  pear and ripe apple fruit with adequate acidty, quite round and ripe, and finishing with nice grip and mineral flavors that linger on the palate. This is a beautiful "Briords," reminding me of 2009 - irresistible now and over the next 8 to 10 yeaars, but not for long-term aging. Of course serve with oysters and grilled fish, this full-bodied Briords wil also accompany lobster, scallops, chicken and white meats. Highly recommended! David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic