This wine has been left on its lees all winter and is unfined with only natural yeasts used in the vinification. The 2016 vintage won Gold at the 'Concours des Vins du Val de Loire'. This is classic Muscadet for all things 'fishy'!
Domaine de Baluettes
Owned and run by husband and wife team Daniel Bideau and Marie Béatrice Giraud, this fine eight-hectare Muscadet property is just one site in their family of domaines totalling 35 hectares, and lies in the classic Sèvre et Maine sub-region. Here the south facing vineyards grow on orthogneiss soils, which themselves lend a defined mineral character to the wine. The vineyard is surrounded by nature, with added freshness due to its proximity to the river Sèvre. Here, they work following organic agricultural practices including tillage of the soil and application of manure. Chemical products and fertilizers are strictly forbidden. The Melon de Bourgogne grapes are hand-harvested. Only natural yeasts are used in fermentation in order to ensure a full expression of the wine's unique origin. This spontaneous fermentation is followed by ageing for six to eight months on its yeast lees "sur lie", before being bottled in the April following the harvest. Daniel believes that the protection of natural habitat is a duty, which is why he works in ultimate respect of the environment in all that he does here. Terra Vitis involves all the environmental aspects to foster biodiversity development. The idea of TERRA VITIS is to respect the soil, the vine, the grape, the wine, the wine makers and of course the consumer. This independent organization controls the strict specification that involves a complete traceability from the vine to the bottle. Because Daniel and Marie Béatrice care so much about natural balance, they keep intervention to a minimum in order to preserve quality of the soil, of the air and of the water. Domaine des Baluettes is certified organic by ECOCERT.