Gadais Père et Fils
Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine-Sur-Lie Vieilles Vignes Monnières-Saint-Fiacre, 2016

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.

Grape

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.

Tasting Note

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

Food Pairing

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.