This week we check in with one of the most exciting young Loire producers, Pierre Henri Gadais of Muscadet’s Domaine de la Combe. Along with a number of his peers, Pierre has been responsible for a reimagining of just what a Muscadet wine could be in 2021. These new-wave Muscadets are far removed from the rather bland examples of the past two or three decades, and bring back so much complexity and richness to this once prestigious AOP/AOC.
If one is eager to sample one of these mind-blowing incarnations of this new generation of Muscadet production, Pierre’s killer 2017 Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vigne de L’Astree” is currently available for a very reasonable $31.50 through the LCBO Destination Collection, and it is worth every damn penny. I’d buy an extra bottle for your cellar too, as these things age with grace.
This week, in Part One, Pierre gives us a Muscadet 101 and speaks of the challenges of growing organically in his region.
Next week, in Part Two, Pierre tells us about the production of his delightful 2017 Muscadet Sevre et Maine “Vigne de L’Astree” and the fifteen years of hard work that have gone into the establishment of Muscadet’s recent Cru classification.
Watch this space…
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