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Famille Lieubeau





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£67.00 - £67.00

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3 wines

Famille Lieubeau

Pierre and Chantal Lieubeau started their Domaine in 1982 with just 5ha in Chateau Thebaud, right in the heart of the Muscadet appellation. Today that estate has grown to 70ha through the acquisition of a wonderful array of old vine parcels, whose low yields lend concentration to the top Cru bottlings.

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Their Confluent cuvee is a classic Muscadet with fine minerality and very true, salty citrus oil flavours – it’s a wonderfully pure wine that doesn’t fall back on cold stabilisation or skin contact for character; summer drinking par excellence and the definitive partner to an extravagant plate of fruits de mer.

However, venture beyond this point and we’re into the sorts of wines that are making Muscadet rightly famous once again. The Cru bottlings of Clisson and Chateau Thebeaud represent all that can be achieved from old vine low yielding Melon de Bourgogne grown on a mixture of schist, granite and gneiss. Clisson, on granite, receives a full two years sur lie in underground cement vats, while Chateau Thébaud receives 40 months on its lees in the same vessels. Neither sees any new oak nor chaptalisation and both are fermented with natural yeasts, prior to which there is no addition of sulphur. The poor soils of the Chateau Thébaud vineyard provide freshness, a mineral core, an elegance, while Clisson’s slightly richer top soils provide a shade more body, more spice and more profundity. For both, the extended ageing sur lie provides complexity, freshness, savoury notes that often lead to a touch of smoke and a remarkable longevity – indeed, contrary to conventional wisdom on Muscadet, these would appear to be at their best between 5 and 10 years of age. The Domaine is currently in conversion to Organic status.

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