Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière)
Marc Pesnot has 13 hectares of vines in the Muscadet appellation in the village of Saint-Julien-de-Concelles which is quite close to the city of Nantes. The soils are derived from schist and the exposure to the sun is good for his vines of Melon de Bourgogne which are well over 50 years old.
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France La Boheme 2015
La Boheme is Pesnot's lowest-priced wine, but what a wine it is! We love the bright minerality, the lovely acidity and the incredible length on the palate. Even though it has the humble Vin de France designation this is a very serious wine that casts most other Muscadet wines in its long shadow. The quality of the wine is due to the meticulous vineyard work that even extends to hand picking the grapes only when they are ripe even if that takes a number of passes through the vineyard at picking time. The grapes are then totally destemmed and fermented very slowly (sometimes 4 months, sometimes longer), before resting on the lees for up to six months. This is a perfect summer drink!
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France Miss Terre 2015
The vines for this cuvee are from 50 years old to 80 years old providing the wine with additional complexity. But there is a major difference to this wine and that is because Marc allows it to go through malolactic fermentation thus producing softer lactic acids rather than the more astringent malic acids. A miniscule amount of sulphur (2mg/litre) is added before bottling.
Chris Kissak who writes the Wine Doctor blog says of this cuvee:
The palate is quiet exhilarating, with a deep texture, piles of almost sherbetty minerality and a rich, flavoursome substance. Underneath it all there is moderate acidity in keeping with the malolactic, and it is the bite of the minerally component that contributes most to the structure of the wine. The fruit has a savoury vein, and the wine a bright, vibrant, pithy finish, with an appealing bitterness to the fruit here.
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France Nuitage 2014
Marc applies the same philosophy of careful picking, destemming and slow pressing for this cuvee as well. The fermentation can take up to a year.
The grapes are grown on schist soils grown near Saint Julien de Concelles near Nantes. It is made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne where the skins are kept in contact with the juice overnight before being fully pressed to provide added texture to the wine.
The informative back label for Nuitage
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France La Folle Blanche 2015
This is the second time we have imported a wine from Marc Pesnot made from the Folle Blanche grape variety - the first shipment sold out very quickly. The vines of Folle Blanche are between 60 to 80 years old and thrive in minerally, schist soils thus giving the wine extra complexity especially when considering the very low yields that are achieved in Marc's vineyards.
This is an excellent dry wine at only 11% alcohol that is perfect for teaming with white fish, scallops or oysters as well as many vegetable-based dishes.
By the way, the word Equinoxe that appears on the label above is an indicator that no sulphur has been added to this wine at any time.