La Berriere Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie
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Region: Loire Valley, France
Grape varieties: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
La Berriere Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie is fresh and has unusual depth and minerality. The wine is very floral and will develop.
Song: Breathless by Jerry Lee Lewis
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About La Berriere Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie
La Berriere Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Sur Lie is fresh and has unusual depth and minerality. Thanks to its exceptional terroir, the wine is very floral and will develop fuller flavors with aging.
About Chateau de la Grange
Chateau de la Grange, producer of “La Berriere” is situated 36km south of Nantes in the Cotes de Grandlieu AOC near the lake, ‘Lac de Grand Lieu’ which has an impact on the climate of the 123-acre vineyard. Not far from the Atlantic Ocean the maritime influence is notable and helps, together with the lake, to mature the grapes earlier than the rest of the Muscadet area. The famed Goulaine family took over the property in 1777 but the first vines were planted sometime in the 15th century. Now Baudouin Goulaine and his son Victor run the property, always focused on the vines and making truly delicious wines.
The Muscadet region extends mainly southeast of Nantes near the mouth of the Loire on a shrinking total vineyard area of about 12,000 ha/29,600 acres of gently rolling, Atlantic-dominated countryside where hundreds of wine farmers maintain family vine holdings, increasingly consolidated and devoted to one grape variety. The white melon de Bourgogne, a reliable but relatively neutral variety, was introduced to the region in the 17th century by the dutch wine trade, who were in need of distilling material for their brandewijn and had the means to transport it. The terrible winter of 1709 killed a high proportion of the red wine grapes previously grown here and transformed it into a predominantly white wine region.
The most significant, and varied, appellation by far, representing more than two-thirds of production, is Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, named after two small rivers which flow through this, the most monocultural part of the Pays Nantais south and east of Nantes. Indeed, more Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine is produced every year than in any other Loire appellation. Particularly ambitious wines are made on the clay soils of Vallet, while those from the schist and granite slopes around St-Fiacre are also much admired.