Domaine de la Combe (formerly Domaine les Grands Presbytères) in the village of Saint-Fiâcre, is nestled in the cradle of the Muscadet appellation between the two rivers of Sèvre and Maine. The slopes of these river valleys give the vines an unique exposure and, after centuries of erosion, they grow on a terroir of schist, gneiss and mineral rich orthogneiss, a composition of soils leading to Saint-Fiâcre being considered one of the best sites for Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. Wines are made from vines first planted in 1950’s - a rarity in the area as most are dug up after 40 years - with the latest planted in 2016. After working in vineyards across the world, Pierre-Henri Gadais returned in 2016 to take over the Domaine from his father Christophe, to whom the previous owner - Nelly Marzelleau- had passed on the estate in 2009. Passionate about the expression of terroir and protecting the environment, Pierre-Henri is in the process of converting the vineyard to organic viticulture, aiming for full certification by 2021.
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.
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 wine was left on its fine lees until the following spring to add complexity and extra zest.
Crisp, flinty notes with a hint of lemon on the nose. The palate has fresh, zesty, savoury bites with hints of green apple along with yeasty lees notes. A lovely classic Muscadet with character and flavour representative of the vintage.
Begs for shellfish on ice, but would also work well with grilled white fish.
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Name Domaine de la Combe Muscadet Tradition Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie Country France Region St Fiâcre ABV% 12% Vintage 2017 Grape Variety 100% Melon de Bourgogne Size 750ml Dietary Information No