Domaine Saint Nicolas

For a number of years we kept running across the wines of Domaine Saint Nicolas in interesting restaurants, wine bars and wine stores throughout France including such prestigious places a Guy Savoy, Taillevent and Arpege so we approached the winemaker, Thierry Michon and asked if we could represent him in Australia.

We always enjoy our convivial visits to Thierry Michon's winery on the Atlantic coast of France south of the city of Nantes. We always spend a very enjoyable afternoon tasting the entire range of his wines and bumping around his extensive vineyard plots in his white van. His commitment to biodynamics is commendable. He often comments that 'he is alone' meaning that his vineyards are not next to any other vineyards where there might be sprays used.

These are great wines from the Fiefs Vendéens appellation - one that is not very well known outside the Loire, however it is the only place in France where Pinot Noir and Gamay are grown in a maritime climate!

You can listen to an interview given by Thierry during his visit to Australia in 2011.

http://www.spitbucket.com/video-review/Wine-Review-Domain-St-Nicolas-French-Cuvee-Episode-106?catId=1

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Les Clous Blanc 2015

Les Clous is a south-westerly exposed vineyard which was planted in 1980. It’s been managed biodynamically since 1993. The 2015 vintage is one of the best yet. It is beautiful wine made from a mix of 60% Chenin Blanc and 30% of Chardonnay and 10% Groslot Gris in this vintage. Both the Chardonnay and the Grolleau Gris play a subtle but noticeable role in this beautiful wine that goes so well with food. Bottled in the spring following vintage after elevage in stainless steel and old wooden foudre, it’s light and bright with a strong backbone from the Chenin and a good wine for pouring by the glass.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Reflets Rouge 2012

This was the first wine we ever tried from Domaine Saint Nicolas and we were hugely impressed with the quality. We didn't realise that it was Thierry Michon's entry level wine! It is dominated by Pinot Noir in this vintage (90%) but also has equal parts of Gamay and Negrette blended in as well. Ii is an elegant wine with good structure. It has not been filtered this year at our request and we are very happy with the results. This is a smooth and delicious wine that will go very well with a wide range of foods.

RRP: $32

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Reflets Rose 2015

The Domaine Saint Nicolas Rose is a delicate, pale pink perfumed beauty that is quite savoury with a dry finish making it perfect as an aperitif. The wine is predominantly Pinot Noir although there is 20% of Gamay and 10% of Groslot Gris as well to provide some additional complexity.

The vineyard faces south-west and the soil is comprised of clay and schist. The wine was matured in stainless steel tanks.

This is great value for money at this price.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Gammes en May Rouge 2015

The Domaine Saint Nicolas Gammes en May is a light, refreshing and delicious pure Gamay red wine. It is great for summer drinking served slightly chilled.  It has less filtering than other Domaine Saint Nicolas wines, which gives it a meaty texture that belies its apparent light juiciness.

Thierry Michon does not always make a pure Gamay, but the quality of the fruit in 2014 was, again, exceptional.

This wine represents excellent value for money at this price. The closure is DIAM. Because this wine is very natural you might find quite a bit of sediment in the bottle - but it doesn't matter, this wine is really, really fresh and delicious.

RRP: $32

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Tecnical Specification

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Le Haut des Clous Blanc

This is the prestige white from this domaine and is made from 100% Chenin Blanc. It has been fermented with natural yeasts then aged for 18 months in with 80% old oak and up to 20% of the wine exposed to new oak.

The grapes benefit from the schist soils that dominate this area and provide the minerality that is so marked in this wine and the cooling breezes from the Atlantic Ocean which you can see from the vineyard which reduce disease pressure. The biodynamic viticulture that Thierry Michon has practised for so long leads to healthier grapes packed with flavour.

RRP: $54 for 2012, $58 for 2014

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens La Grande Pièce Rouge 2004

This is one of the domaine's prestige red wine and is made from pure Pinot Noir from vines that are at least 25 years old and that provide very low yields (<30 hectolitres per hectare). The south-west facing vineyard, on schist, has been cultivated biodynamically since 1993. It is already elegant and refined but will continue to improve with age. It is a sensible 13% alcohol. Elevage is in 100% new oak.

RRP: $59

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Cuvee Maria Blanc 2011

Cuvee Maria is named after Thierry's grandmother. This is a very Burgundian wine being made from pure Chardonnay. It spent 18 months in small old oak barrels and now has had several years’ maturation in the bottle. If you like the wines of Burgundy then you will love this cuvee. Only 1200 bottles of this wine was produced.

RRP: $38

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Cabaret Rouge 2011

This is a wine that is typical of the Loire region. It is made from pure Cabernet Franc that has been aged in barriques for a year. This is a particularly good example of a Loire Cabernet Franc. It is a great food wine which is drinking very nicely now.

It is unusual for a wine of this quality to be available for such a reasonable price. In all the wine tastings that we have carried out in Australia this has been regarded as a beautiful expression of the Cabernet Franc grape.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Cuvee Jacques Rouge 2012

This silky cuvee is named after Thierry's grandfather and is a blend of Pinot Noir (90%) and Cabernet Franc (10%). It was aged in barriques for 18 months prior to bottling.

The Pinot Noir comes from vines between 20 and 30 years old, planted on schist soil. The Cabernet Franc vines are between 15 and 20 years old on clay soil. The vineyards have been cultivated with biodynamic practices since 1995. The grapes are hand-picked and completely destemmed. The maceration was in a wooden tank for 10-12 days with pigeage. The elevage is 15 months in oak barriques.

This wine has only recently been released because Thierry likes them to gain some age in the bottle prior to distribution.

RRP: $52

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Cuvee Le Poiré

This is an intriguing wine made from an intriguing grape (100% Negrette). The colour is deep red and the flavour has hints of cherries and plums and a lingering, intense spiciness. One reviewer referred to it as 'brooding and primary'. It is a great, full-flavoured, intense wine. We think it is like a Pinot Noir on steroids! This one is well worth a try.

RRP: $55 for 2007, $57 for 2010, $61 for 2011

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Cuvee Le Poiré Blanc 2012

This wine is also made with Chenin Blanc grapes from the La Poiré vineyards. The wine is flinty and pure and a wonderful expression of the Chenin Blanc grape variety.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Fiefs Vendéens Plante Gate Rouge 2006

As with the La Grande Piece, the Plante Gate is one of the domaine's prestige red wine and is made from pure Pinot Noir from vines that are at least 25 years old, on soil that is a mix of schist, quartz and clay. The vineyard , which is .5 of a hectare, provides very low yields (approximately  hectolitres per hectare). It is already elegant and refined but will continue to improve with age. It is a sensible 13% alcohol. Elevage is in 100% new oak.

RRP: $73

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter

Domaine Saint Nicolas Vin de Table Soleil de Chine Blanc 2011

The Domaine Saint Nicolas Soleil de Chine is a sweet 100% Chenin Blanc with 22 grams of residual sugar. The grapes are grown on vines that average in age between 15 and 25 years and that are grown in schist soils. A beautiful wine for dessert or for soft cheese.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Certified organic by Ecocert and biodynamic by Demeter