Hautes Noelles Muscadet DEUCE
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.
Here's a nice way to try a couple of Jean-Pierre's tasty wines.
Les Moineries refers to a specific vineyard planted in 1932. But Jean-Pierre Guedon has tended these vines via organic practices for just the past six years. It yields a Muscadet that truly reflects the characteristics of the vintage from which it came and is a throwback style of winemaking for the region.
Les Granges is a slightly younger plot, but planted on granite and schiste soils that yield a glass of wine that is minerally, bone dry, and smelling of the sea.
There is more than a faint whiff of the sea in these wines. For sure, only a 30 minute dry to the Atlantic can explain this, but the oyster shell and minerally sea salt sensation in these Muscadet are enough to get the salivary glands into overdrive!
Muscadet is a region in repair. Nowhere does one drive around a wine region and see more abandoned vineyards than here. Wanna be in the wine biz? Start here by purchasing some 80-year old vines but then watch as your prices are driven down by a depressed market. Truth be told, these $14-18 bottles are the winery's TOP OF THE LINE offerings. If we were in Sancerre or Chablis they might be triple the price!
Oh well, go buy some shrimp and oysters and have a ball with this limpid, tense, bone dry, super-fine white wine from one of Muscadet's best!