The Domaine Menard-Gaborit Monnieres-Saint-Fiacre 2017 is made by 5th generation winemakers Philippe and Thierry Menard in Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine. The estate has been in the wine business since the 18th century, growing high quality Melon de Borgogne on a variety of high quality slabs of terrior. Only recently has the family expanded the vineyard holdings and made the serious commitment to organic viticulture by achieving certification in 2020. Our favorite wines come from the Cru System within Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine. This particular wine here is from the commune Monnieres. The complexity and quality of good Muscadet is easily as good as a Chablis 4X the price. With the same ageing potential to boot. Do I have to say it?

Tasting note: In the commune of Monnieres within Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine is where this Melon de Bourgogne hails from. The vines are 30-40 years old and grow have deep roots penetrating the gneiss. This wine spends 3 years on its lees (!), a good amount of time which contributes added richness and yestiness. Intertwined are aromas and flavors of raised dough, salt, lime, peach and tart green apple. It walks a fine line between rich and airy, with a little funky mushroom showing up when it’s not ice cold. And it’s already starting to develop exotic secondary aromas and flavors, time will only boost and improve this wine.

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