Andrew Guard

2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Domaine de Belle‐Vue

This is a stunning wine again - it comes from Gabbro soils and is very bright with crisp-edged fresh apple and bursting with salinity the lees contact over the past year gives a satiny, subtly creamy palate, yet one transparent to both vibrantly crystalline and mouthwateringly saline mineral notes. The finale manages to intrigue, soothe and refresh. A beauty - this  superb Muscadet is as good as it gets!

After a disastrous frost in 1709 wiped out most of the mediocre red grapes that were originally planted around Nantes, Louis XIV ordered the growers to come up with a white replacement. They chose a Burgundian grape called the melon, actually an offshoot of Gamay, the grape of Beaujolais.

Jerome Bretaudeau set up on his own in 2005 having made wine for others for the previous 10 years, notably Jo Landron at Domaine de la Louvetrie.

His Domaine de Belle-Vue is today one of the leading lights in the region and the quality of his wines is outstanding, indeed there is an underground buzz on these wines amongst France’s best wine bars and bistros.

Three things set him way apart from the rest and are the reason that his wines are so good; he harvests by hand, his vines yield only 35hl/ha (in a region where 90hl/ha is normal!) and he only uses the available natural yeasts for fermentation. With these principles in mind, Bretaudeau stands beside others in our portfolio like Belliviere, Tue-Boeuf and Foillard.