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Les Hautes Noëlles Les Parcelles, Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu, Loire Valley 2020

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The appellation “Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu” which was created in 1994, encompasses 19 villages and approximately 300 hectares of vines. One of these villages is St Leger les Vignes, where Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles tends approximately 7 hectares of vines planted to Melon de Bourgogne, the varietal of Muscadet.

In addition to controlling the overall yield of fruit (via short cane pruning, thinning, de-budding) Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles practices organic farming in order to encourage health and biodiversity in the vineyard. To this end, the entire range of Muscadet produced at Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles is certified organic by ECOCERT.

* Winemaker: Jean Pierre Guédon
* Farming: Organic (ECOCERT)
* Variety: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
* Terroir: 30+ year old vines on sand & clay over mica-schist, near the Atlantic Ocean coast.
* Vinification: Vinified at cool temperatures stainless steel tank at 18 degrees Celsius.
Each parcel vinified separately. Wine rests on lees over winter with periodic batonnage.
*Aging: Separate parcels are aged separately and then blended at bottling. Wine is bottled late spring following vintage
* Tasting Note: It is the perfect wine to accompany oysters and fruits de mer.

From our 2022 Explorer Club Bottle Notes:

Les Hautes Noëlles | Les Parcelles | Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu, France | 2020

    Muscadet! Moose-Kah-Day!  Made from the light, tart Melon de Bourgogne grape, Muscadet wines are what you will find in any oyster house on the marshy shores of northwestern France. Here, in the far western Loire Valley surrounding the city of Nantes, the intense maritime impact of the salty, cold North Atlantic is carried into central France by the Loire River, creating vibrant, lifted, high-acid white wines. 

    The region of Côtes de Grandlieu, a donut-shaped region surrounding the national park and Lake Grand-Lieu, is historic but wasn’t turned into its own AOP until the mid-nineties. In the 13th century, Benedictine monks transformed the marshland just west of the lake into salt flats, giving us the French fleur-de-sel we covet in our pantries. But that salty character of the Atlantic Ocean is permanently embedded into our tasting notes of the fresh white wines of the region. 

    At Domaine Les Hautes Noëlles, organic winemaking has been the forethought since the beginning. It’s not easy in a region where ocean moisture can cause all sorts of fungal pressure, so you have to be dedicated. This wine gives notes of sliced white peaches, grapefruit, and green apples, plus the ever-present salinity of Muscadet. It’s a perfect outdoor wine to pair with oysters on the half shell, mussels and french fries, or fried artichokes. 

 —Cara Patricia