Jacques Fevrier

Jacques is a young, passionate winemaker from the area around the town of Ancenis in the western Loire Valley, not too far from the city of Nantes. In fact, when we visited him we found that he lived in the town of Oudon which is quite close to Ancenis and also quite close to the iconic Loire River. His winery is in the same village, just a few metres from his house.

Jacques in his vineyard at the height of winter

He used to be a sommelier, working in both France and Australia. In Australia he met both Anton van Klopper and Tom Shobbrook who were both widely recognised for their work in natural winemaking. As a result of this he developed a desire to become involved in winemaking.

He and his partner Julie own a number of vineyards in the area comprising a total of 6 hectares with one overlooking the Loire River. The rock types are primarily schist and gneiss. He has Melon de Bourgogne, Gamay, Gamay Freaux, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris (locally called Malvoisie) and Abouriou.

Winter vines plus ground cover

An old hut provides shelter in winter

Jacques tasting Sauvignon Blanc from his barrels

He makes delicious wines that are characterised by tension and minerality and we think that he is a rising star of the area.

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France S des Humeaux 2015

Jacques Fevrier makes lovely, precise wines from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety even though he is hundreds of kilometres away from Sancerre, the spiritual home of this grape.

The S Des Humeaux is a wonderful expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety. The name comes from the grape variety and the vineyard from which it is picked. S stands for Sauvignon Blanc and Humeaux is the vineyard (which overlooks the Loire River). It is light, expressive, lingering and very delicious! It was matured in old wooden barrels - 7 were small 225 litre barrels and one was a 600 litre barrel. All were older barrels..

Jacques does not add any sulphur to this wine!

RRP: $37

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France S-M des Humeaux Solidaire 2017

In 2017, Jacques was hit by the dangerous frosts that took a toll on vineyards throughout the Western Loire region, but particularly around the village of Oudon where Jacques lives.

He therefore had to combine his crop of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris (known as Malvoisie in this region). So, instead of S des Humeaux this year it is S-M des Humeaux as both lots of grapes were picked in the Humeaux vineyard. Nevertheless, despite the terrible year this wine turned out to be quite exceptional. It has beautiful mouthfeel and a long, lingering finish.

The term Solidaire added to the end is that some Suvignon Blanc grapes were supplied by his friend Rémy Sédes who also farms organically.

Jacques does not add any sulphur to this wine!

RRP: $43

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France Le Moulin Solidaire 2017

In 2017, Jacques was hit by the dangerous frosts that took a toll on vineyards throughout the Western Loire region, but particularly around the village of Oudon where Jacques lives.

He therefore had to combine his crop of Melon de Bourgogne from his Moulin vineyard with some grapes from Johan Chasse from nearby Saint-Herblon. Nevertheless, despite the terrible year this wine turned out to be quite exceptional. It has beautiful mouthfeel and a long, lingering finish.

Jacques does not add any sulphur to this wine!

RRP: $43

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France Elsass Connexion 2017

In 2017, Jacques was hit by the dangerous frosts that took a toll on vineyards throughout the Western Loire region, but particularly around the village of Oudon where Jacques lives.

This wine therefore is made entirely with Sauvignon Blanc grown by Paul and Corinne Gillet from Les Maisons Brûlées in Touraine. Most of the wine was aged in fibreglass but this one was aged in 400 litre barrels. It’s called Elsass Connection because the Gillets came from Alsace.

Jacques does not add any sulphur to this wine!

RRP: $45

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France d'Est en Ouest 2015

This wine is named the same as the Sauvignon Blanc pet nat above except that it is a beautiful deep red pet nat made from the Gamay Freaux grape variety.

We have to take a slight diversion here to explain about this grape variety. It is one of the rare class of grape that is known as a teinturier grape. These grapes are red grapes that have red juice. Almost 98% of red grapes have clear, white juice, very few have red juice. But this one does!

So, the flavour of the red grape and the depth of colour gained from the red juice shines through in this delightful, rare pet nat.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France M des Humeaux 2015

The village of Oudon where Jacques lives is within an obscure appellation known as Coteau d'Ancenis (named after a nearby village). Within this appellation area it is permitted to make white wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. The twist is that the locals (and the appellation authorities) don't call it Pinot Gris, rather they adopt the local name of Malvoisie. Therefore the M stands for Malvoisie picked from the Humeaux vineyard which overlooks the Loire River and benefits from the wines that always blow, thus reducing disease pressure.

The wine was matured in fibreglass tanks after a direct pressing of the grapes. This is a lovely wine of considerable complexity and depth and quite amazing energy and minerality. This wine has no sulphur added.

RRP: SOLD OUT

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France A bout 2015

We only have one or two cases of this wine due to the fact that the grape from which it is made is somewhat rare. The grape is called Abouriou and it is known for making red wines in the Muscadet area. The vines that Jacques owns are 25 years old and thrive in very old schist soils. Like all grapes, you need to find a winemaker who understands the grape before they can make a good wine from it. Jacques understands Abouriou and the wine he makes is quite delicious. It underwent whole bunch maceration for 15 days after which the juice was transferred to old wooden barrels where it matured for 8 months. It was bottled without filtering and without the addition of any sulphites. The wine exhibits fine tannins and a fullness in the mouth which belies its 11.5% alcohol level.

RRP: $42

Le Raisin à Plume Vin de France Le Pâtis des Rosiers 2017

This wine called Le Pâtis des Rosiers is also made from a vineyard that suffered from the frosts this year. It is made from the Gamay grape variety from vines that range between 25 to 45 years old.

This one had two weeks of skin maceration before being pressed and matured for approximately one year in fibreglass tanks. The wine gains its minerality from the mix of old gneiss and schist soils that are mixed with basalt and quartz as well.

The wine has serious structure and length with a lovely, savoury finish and will match a wide variety of dishes without overpowering them. It was bottled without the addition of any sulphites and without being filtered.

RRP: $44

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tasmanian Licence No: 58292

WARNING

Under the Liquor Licensing Act 1990 it is an offence:

for alcohol to be delivered to a person under the age of 18 years.

Penalty: Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units ($3,080 as at, July 2015)

for a person under the age of 18 years to purchase liquor.

Penalty: Fine not exceeding 10 penalty units ($1,540 as at, July 2015)