MUSCADET DE SEVRE-ET-MAINE
Château de la Ragotière – www.freres-couillaud.com
Purchased by the Couillaud family in 1973, Château de la Ragotière is widely respected for making classic and consistently high-quality Muscadet wines.
Domaine du Val Brun – www.valbrun.com
Eric Charruau has never been interested in falling too far under the spotlight of critical press, yet his wines deserve better recognition. Eric makes genuinely appealing Chenin Blanc. The Cabernet Franc wines scream of purity of fruit, without the rusticity and green notes often associated with Cabernet Franc grown in the Loire. This is a family domain whose origins as wine growers date back to 1722. Eric also produces a delicious Crémant de la Loire white and Rosé.
Domaine de la Rossignole – Cherrier père et Fils
The Cherrier family has been growing grapes since 1848 and making wines since 1927; The domain is in Verdigny and nowadays is run by brothers Francois and Jean-Marie Cherrier. Working with great knowledge and regard of their environment, they make very typical wines of their appellation that combines the quality of Sancerre’s different terroirs; silex, terres blanches and caillotes (chalk-clay). A Sancerre Rouge and Rosé are also produced.
The domain expanded their expertise to the Menetou Salon where they took over in recent years the ownership of Domaine du Loriot.
Domaine Jean Marc et Mathieu Crochet – www.jeanmarc-mathieu-crochet.com
Those sophisticated Sancerre wines from the Bué commune offer a tauter expression of the Sauvignon grape. Made by father and son Jean-Marc and Mathieu. The wines best reveal themselves with food. The Chêne Marchand is a tiny production from one of Sancerre’s most reputed site. The domaine also produces a Sancerre Pinot Noir and Rosé.
Domaine Michot – Saint Andelain
Frédéric is the fourth generation of this family estate from the commune of Soumard in Saint-Andelain. This 7ha domain has vines planted on flinty clay and kimmeridgian marls producing aromatic Pouilly Fumé with the evocating silex smokiness.