2020 Domaine de la Foliette Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, Loire Valley, France (750ml)
Domaine de la Foliette is located near Nantes in the heart of the Loire Valley. The history of winemaking in this region dates to the Roman times (276 A.D.) in the era of Emperor Probus. The oldest written mention of la Foliette is in documents that date back to 1635, detailing the exchange of vine plots of a white grape variety. The Brosseau family took over the estate in 1936 (the same year that AOC Sèvre et Maine was recognized). Today, Denis Brosseau along with his partner Eric Vincent (also from a local wine-growing family), combine their expertise and passion to create a range of terroir-driven Muscadet wines. Their approach is one of respect for tradition that also embraces modern innovations. As members of Terra Vitis, they are committed to the principles and production methods that safeguard the environment. The estate uses only organic and natural cultivation methods and makes wines that express the distinctive character of the region. The domaine boasts forty hectares of the highest rated vineyards in La Haye-Foussière, Haute-Goulaine & Vertou that range from 20 to 50 years-old.
100% Melon de Bourgogne, the Cuvée l’Origine was made in the traditional method: no use of chemicals or pesticides, limited production, and rigorous selection. The grapes were hand-harvested and fermented in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, using indigenous yeasts to highlight the expression of the terroir. The wine was held 6 months sur lie to obtain richness. The ﬁnished wine saw no ﬁning to better protect the delicate aromas.