The Gadais have been specialising in making quality Muscadet since the early 1950’s. Based in the village of Saint-Fiacre in the heart of the Sèvre et Maine district.
Planted for the most part in 1929 Vieilles Vignes. The product of rigorous mass selection, these nearly one-hundred year old vine stocks thriving on the Terroir of Saint-Fiacre continue to produce sun-ripened grapes.
This Muscadet Monnières-Saint-Fiacre is produced with old vines planted in 1947 and sits at the highest elevation in the vineyard. A complex, full bodied wine with a beautiful minerality and long, grippy finish.
100% Melon de Bourgogne
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Vineyard location: In the commune of Saint-Fiacre sur Maine at an altitude of 53 metres on a hill known as Gras Moutons (“Fat Sheep”).
History and origin of the vine: Louis Gadais sensed the exceptional geological potential of this land for growing of vines in 1947.He quickly acquired a plot and, accompanied by his horse, began a large-scale clearance operation. Soil: Amphibolite and Gneiss with two types of mica. Age of vines: planted in 1947. Yield:45 hl/ha.
Production area:1 hectare. Planting density:7,000 vines/hectare.
Growing methods: Single Guyot pruning. Only organic fertilisers are used. Minimum use of pesticide approach. Full ploughing. 6,000 btles produced.
Vinification: Manual picking. Cold static settling for 12 hours. Slow fermentation:3 weeks at 18-20°C without added yeast. Aged on the lees in underground vats for 26 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
“The wine starts with a nose of citrus fruits, exotic flowers, and hints of orange peels. The palate is complex, full-bodied, and intense, with notes of sea salt, tangerine, and a touch of flowery aromas. The wine is showing a beautiful minerality and a long, grippy finish.” Christophe Jeandeau, C&C
Ageing potential: 10 to 15 years
This Muscadet pairs well with a wide range of food. A seafood platter, smoked salmon, mussels, seafood paella, steamed cod with vegetables and a little cream and a fish curry. Also, a great partner to avocado, tapenade and aperitif nibbles.