Domaine de la Combe Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Muscadet
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 older vines need longer on their fine lees - five months in fact - and so are not bottled until a year after harvest in October.
Flinty, lightly mineral with appley fruit and real texture and interest. The old vine fruit adds depth and mineral complexity to this fresh, savoury wine.
Muscadet Sevre et Maine is a true French classic and makes a perfect match for fish and shellfish.