2014 Domaine Michel Brégeon Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Brégeon's Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie is hand-harvested from vines averaging 40 years old. Yields from the 7.8 hectare estate average a modest 30 hl/ha and wines are fermented on natural yeasts. From importer Kermit Lynch: "Michel Brégeon is part renegade, part crusader, and full-blown terroirist. Over the years, he has become an ardent defender of the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine terroir, the most highly regarded of the four appellations in the Pays Nantais. Thanks to his deep understanding of the nuances of the land, he plays the game much differently than the region’s caves cooperatives and negociants, who produce en masse and lose the subtlety of the appellation...Though Muscadet (made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape) has been commonly known to produce young, fresh wines, (even those that spend a few months sur lie), Michel has broken the mold, keeping some of his wines on the lees for as much as seven years! He ages these wines in subterranean glass-lined cuves. In his mind, the longer they stay there, the better. The unexpected freshness and depth of these older wines has silenced many a skeptic."