Project Description

Château de la Gravelle

Appellation Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie
Grape variety Melon B.
Yield 45HL/HA
Terroir This vineyard has a rather unique terroir as its subsoil is comprised of a volcanic rock called gabbro, covered with a 40cm layer of clay. This unusual soil gives the wines distinctive minerality and lemony notes. The vines are 60 years old and are planted on a well-exposed and slightly sloping plot alongside the river Sèvre.
Winemaking methods A novel winemaking technique is used for this wine. The classic lees-aged Muscadet remains in the vat in contact with the lees for six to 14 months and is then bottled. For this Gorges cru communal, a minimum of 24 months’ lees ageing is required. This Château de la Gravelle – Gorges 2014, however, was kept on its lees for 39 months.
Tasting Golden coloured wine. Fruity and extremely complex nose. Full and well-structured mouthfeel. The minerality of the terroir shows through, but is extremely well-balanced by the wine’s round character. Aromatic profile of fruit and white flowers. Buttery finish. A cellar-worthy fine wine, with perfect balance. Ageing potential of 15 years.
Recommended with… Rather than the typical shellfish, this wine is the ideal partner for the finest sea or river fish. It will also pair very well with white meats, chicken livers, veal sweetbreads, and selected cheeses. Also excellent as an aperitif.
Enjoy at approximately 13°C. Decanting recommended.