Not all terroir is created equal. For example, within Muscadet, there exists a smaller appellation called Côtes de Grandlieu. This AOC, established in 1994, surrounds the Lac de Grandlieu and contains a special combination of soil and water that set it and the wines it produces apart from the rest of the region. It is here, near the village of Bouaye, that Nicolas and Herve Choblet craft wines of impeccable distinction at Domaine du Haut Bourg.
Modern upgrades at the winery include pneumatic presses and temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for vilifying and aging. Both the Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu and the Cuvee de Pavillon see at least 8 months on the fine lees.
Nicolas and Herve are the fourth generation to farm this land, 42 hectares of Melon de Bourgogne and assorted other varieties. The soil is a complex array of schist, granite and sand, a fact which allows the Choblet's to blend different lots and create layered, nuanced wines. Some of the vines on the estate are over 60 years old, and all are tended by lutte raisonee meaning sustainable and organic practices are the norm. Grown on south-facing slopes to maximize exposure to the sun, and aided by the moderating influence of the Loire River and the massive lake nearby, these vines produce perfectly ripened grapes vintage after vintage.
Nicolas Choblet at VWPS 2016
2015 MUSCADET CÔTES de GRANDLIEU SUR LIE
100% Melon de Bourgogne aged on lees for 8 months
2015 MUSCADET CÔTES de GRANDLIEU SUR LIE PAVILLON
100% Melon de Bourgogne from 40 year old vines
2006 MUSCADET CÔTES de GRANDLIEU SUR LIE ORIGINE
100% Melon de Bourgogne aged on fine lees for 120 months underground
2016 GROLLEAU ROSÉ
100% Grolleau Noir
NV Méthode Traditionelle Plaisance
100% Grolleau Gris