Cru Clisson, Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, 2015

  Famille Lieubeau

Contains Sulphites.

About 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.

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.

Appellation: Muscadet

Muscadet is a region which extends south-east of Nantes towards the mouth of the Loire river. The most important region within is undoubtedly Muscadet-Sevre et Maine, home to the Sur Lie wines that rest on their lees giving greater character to the dominant grape variety Melon de Bourgogne. Unsprisingly given their proximity to the sea these wines can prove to be excellent partners to shellfish and simple fish dishes.

Grape Type: Muscadet

Muscadet, also known as Melon de Bourgogne, is planted in the Loire Valley, at its mouth around Nantes. Producing light, crisp, refreshing whites with high acidity, Muscadet can be the perfect match to seafood. The better wines come from the Cotes de Grandlieu appellation and are 'sur lie' meaning the wine has more exposure to its 'lees' giving more complexity.