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Grandson of the region's beloved winemaker, Michel Gadais, the rising talent Pierre Henri Gadais now makes the wine at this storied estate which is in the heart of Saint-Fiacre. Saint-Fiacre is an island of a terroir that sits at the convergence of the Sèvre and Maine rivers which regulate the climate, protecting the area from absurd frosts. Nonetheless, a terroir of old-vines, even bush vines dating back to the 1920s.
This property is situated in Saint Fiacre with vines on slopes that are in the perfect triangle where the Sevre and Maine come together. Christophe Gadais and his father worked with Robert Chadderdon for years when Mr. Chadderdon represented the Domaine for the U.S. market. Now Christophe is being gradually succeded by his son, Pierre Henri, a bright, talented and dedicated young vigneron. Pierre Henri’s great grandfather worked with Frank Schoonmaker, so as one can see, this has long been a Domaine respected by the top importers. For our first vintage with the Gadais family we have selected a single cuvee, the entire production from one parcel, Les Avineaux -- “granit” soil, steep slope with north east exposition overlooking the point of confluence. Viticulture is sustainable with some organic experimentation. Elevage was on the lies.
From nowhere else will you find a more honest, pure expression of Muscadet from Saint-Fiacre, in the western Loire. The noble Melon grape shines, with a fine silver-platinum color in the glass. The soil of Saint-Fiacre is captured in the nose with its sea salt, ocean spray, citrus and just a faint whisper of pear. That hint of pear comes from the fruit of the 'Petiere' vineyard, which, as it happens is bordered by a rather old pear orchard. The palate is fresh, alive and robust with lip-smacking acidity and a long finish of orchard fruit and minerals.
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