Grape(s): Melon de Bougogne
Localization: Pays Nantais, Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: The terroir brings finesse and elegance to this wine. White fruits and grapefruit on the nose. Powerful, mineral-driven palate. Very long finish.
Notes: 45-year-old vines, planted on a gently sloping, south-facing plot. Metamorphic bedrock: two-mica and garnet gneiss, covered with shallow soil. Kept on lees for 10 months, in underground glass-tiled vats, which are traditional to the Nantais wine region. No stirring of lees.
Food pairing: Shellfish, noble sea and river fish, selected cheese or hors d’oeuvres.
The Domain: Château du Coing in Saint Fiacre sur Maine, owes its name to its location at the ‘corner’ of the Sèvre and Maine rivers.
Sloping down to the rivers, our plots of vines have a south-facing orientation, some of which with a gradient as steep as 12%. This typical Loire Valley château was built during the reign of Louis XIII, re-built in the 18th century, and then altered again in the 19th century under Charles X. The château has a long history and the first written record – dating from 1536 – already refers to it as a wine estate.
The estate’s distinctively sloping terrain offers a stunning view across the entire vineyard and as far as the village of Saint-Fiacre.
Encircled by the Muscadet region’s two rivers, the Sèvre and Maine, their wines enjoy a microclimate that gives them great minerality and freshness. The main terroir, or subsoil, is composed mostly of two-mica gneiss.
The entrance to the property runs through the middle of the vines of Melon B., the most characteristic and common variety of the Nantais wine region.
Two other varieties are also grown at the estate. One of these is Folle Blanche, a unique variety with a distinctive character, from which they make our Gros Plant du Pays Nantais.
They make separate wines from each plot, without any blending of wines. Each plot differs due to its slope and the rocks in its subsoil or terroir. Their terroirs allow us to produce premium quality, cellar-worthy wines. At this vineyard, they produce Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie, a Cru Communal Monnières Saint Fiacre, a Traditional Method sparkling wine, and a late-harvest wine made exclusively with Melon B., as well as a Chardonnay and a Folle Blanche.