Wine and Spirit Magazine : Year’s Best Loire wines 93 and 92 points
Among the Loire wines Muscadet is becoming a new trend and it seems that people all around the world are getting more and more interested in Muscadet.
This Week, the Wine and Spirits Magazine issued his selection of year’s best loire wines. Four Muscadet are selected in the category “exceptional 90+” and two of them are from us:
Comte Leloup de Chasseloir 2013 – Bernard Chéreau’s family estate dates to the 15th century, so the 100-year-old vines growing in front of the winery are relative newcomers. He presents their fruit in Comte Leloup de Chasseloir, from a 7.4-acre parcel on a schist plateau overlooking the Maine River. He has the benefit of an underground cellar, an unusual asset in the region, where he ferments this rich Muscadet, sustaining the kind of mineral drive that makes great white wines compelling. Here, that’s in the scent of schist (yes, it’s there in my blind tasting notes), a spark of soil propelling a massive Muscadet forward toward bright, salty refreshment. It’s as saturated and satisfying as a young premier cru Chablis, and, with its more direct connection with the sea, would be an excellent match for oysters. 93 points
Clos du Chateau l’Oiselinière 2009 : Within his 25-acre vineyard at the confluence of the Sèvre and the Maine rivers, surrounded by forest and undergirded by schist and orthogneiss, there is a parcel of 80-year-old vines that Bernard Chéreau separates out as Le Clos. He allows it to ferment spontaneously in stainless steel, then ages it on the lees in underground cement vats for 31 months. As a nine-year-old wine, this is still tense, with juicy ripe pear flavors, fragrant and lasting. The mineral undercurrent makes it feel dynamic, especially if you put pan-roasted sole in its path.
We are very happy to be listed among the best Loire wines which is a great recognition of the work we have been doing for many many years. and especially on these two products that are the flagship of our estate. Muscadet can age more than what you think…