- Characteristic varieties: Melon de Bourgogne: the only white variety used to make Muscadet Sèvre and Maine sur Lie. It is also the largest vineyard in the world with a single white variety. This variety was first planted in 1635 by the Burgundians in the vineyard of Nantes. Having withstood the terrible frost of 1709 (-20°C), Melon de Bourgogne spread across the entire area of the vineyards in Nantes. A variety of precocious maturity (first week of September), it is fruity and acidulated with sweet Muscat notes.
- The terroir: Area: 8,760 hectares
Producer number: 772
Fullness: 476,000 hl
Soils: gneiss, orthogneiss, amphibolite, granite, gabbro, shale, schist. With this multitude of crystal-structure terroirs created by erosions and seismic movements in the Armorican Massif, the wines benefit from the hot Ocean climate, which promotes maturity in white grapes. The wines are well structured and keep well; they have fruity, floral and mineral aromas. In the best terroirs, a gun-flint note is characteristic of the quality of a Grand Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie.
- The estate: The winemaking estate of the château of the dukes of Brittany, cited in the 15th century (one of the oldest properties of the Nantes vineyards), 120 hectares.
Age of the vines: 35 to 105 years.
This estate would become the property of the counts of Monty de Rezé (the Medici family). During the French revolution, Turreau’s infernal columns burned a part of the very aristocratic manor that was reconstructed during the first empire. Three vinification and maturing barrels accommodate the September harvest from the hillsides of the Sèvre and Maine rivers in Vertou. Occupying its excellent pebbly hillsides with soil rich in shale, micaschist, granite, amphibolites and gneiss, the vine offers us the greatness of the best and most renowned Muscadets. No fertilizer is used, and the vineyard uses sustainable practices to ward off disease. For the grape harvest, we wait for phenolic maturing with a flexible pneumatic press, we apply cold skin maceration to extract the fruity aromas and carry out alcoholic fermentation at a maximum of 18°C. The maturing is carried out on lees without racking, with eight successive stirrings of the lees during the winter.
- The people: Developed by the winemaking tradition of Branger and sons, this aromatic wine combines delicacy, fruitiness and a long finish. This wine from winemaker Xavier Branger is associated with respect for nature, terroir and the grape variety. History tells us that on 20 March 1609 in Vertou, walled-in vineyards were renowned and passed on from generation to generation among the Branger ancestors, who would maintain a tradition of excellence of taste through the centuries and up to the present day. The current winemaker of the Manoir de la Grelière has now decided to promote his terroir, expertise, old vines and modern oenology.
- The wine:
Colour: Pale gold with green reflections.
Nose: Vine peach, yellow peach. Dominant orange marmalade, minerality, notes of anise and exotic fruits (litchi, mango, passion fruit, pineapple) and citrus (pink grapefruit). A full and open nose and body. Notes of English candies, pear, hawthorn, smoke, brioche-style bread. A fresh nose, a round body with a long finish, nice bouquet and ample flavours.
- Food pairing : Aperitifs, kir, seafood, shellfish, scallops, fish (white butter, anglerfish, etc.), white meats (Basque hen, orange duck), creamy and blue cheeses. Citrus-based desserts.