89 Pts Wine Spectator
"This shows mature notes of paraffin and lemon curd, but still has plenty of zip, with enticing lemon pulp, star fruit and Key lime flavors that all glide nicely through the bright finish. Drink now. 670 cases made." âJM (Reviewed 2012) 89 points Wine Spectator
"A new Muscadet recommended to us by our friend FranÃ§ois Chidaine! This is classic Muscadetâbracing, salty, racy, and seriously lip-smacking. Located in the heart of the Muscadet appellation, CÃ´tes de Grandlieu, the Domaine du Haut Bourg was built by four generations of winegrowers. The first vine was planted in 1945 and today brothers HervÃ© and Nicolas Choblet run their 40 hectare estate vineyard together."
"Fourteen kilometers southeast of Nantes, the 'Cotes de Grandlieu' AOC is formed by nineteen townships that surround the Lac de Grandlieu. The Lac de Grandlieu, a wildlife preserve that houses 250 species of birds, is the largest natural lake in Europe and spans 6,300 hectares at its peak in winter. The appellation, created in 1994, benefits from the distinct microclimate created by the lake. Thanks to this large body, the sunâs daily heat is retained, a compounding benefit to the wine crop that gets to ripen a little longer while avoiding frost."
"The brothers practice 'lutte raisonnee' in the vineyard, meaning they try to avoid chemical or mechanical intervention at all possible times during the growing season except in the rare instance where they would risk losing their entire crop. Their vines average 30 years of age, with some vines as old as 60 years old. These old vines are highly valued in providing structure and richness to their wines. They plant densely, with 7,000 vines per hectare. Grass grows between the Guyot-trained vine rows. They hand-plough the soil to encourage deep rooting for the vines, which increases minerality in their wines." -Importer
"From harvest through vinification, all is handled at their estate, including bottling. The grapes are vinified traditionally: the must settles for 48 hours and ferments with indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature to accentuate aromas and balance. All white wines are vinified on their lees, resulting in just the right amount of effervescence to accentuate the winesâ vibrant fruit expression. They make a regular Muscadet Sur-Lie, as well as a special cuvee aged a minimum of 7 years on the lees, the latter in particular showing off the amazing aging potential of their wines." -Importer