Gustave Vinet acquired the family’s first holdings, Domaine de la Quilla, in 1948 in the village of La Haye-Fouassière, just nine miles from the Atlantic coast. Today his son Gérard and his wife Laurence farm the diverse terroirs of the appellation, spread among the Cru villages of La Haye Fouassière and Château-Thébaud. The Vinet family take their vocation seriously, farming and studying the various soil types of the appellation and then translating them into distinctive wines with extended lees contact. The fact that Gérard has recently been appointed as president of both the Muscadet appellation and the entire Loire Valley shows his standing among his peers, and the standard of quality he upholds in the vineyards and in the winery.
The Muscadet region is just nine miles from the Atlantic ocean in the Loire valley, just south of the city of Nantes. We are currently in an exciting time for the Muscadet region. There are ten Crus that have recently been recognized for their superior quality and age-worthy wines. The Vinet family vineyards are found within two of these Crus, La Haye-Fouassière and Château-Thébaud in the heart of the Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine Appellation. The appellation gets its name from the two rivers that connect here just before the ocean in the far western corner of the Loire valley. The grape, Melon de Bourgogne, is used to make energetic wines that gain weight and texture through extended lees contact (lees are the dead yeast cells that accumulate after fermentation) and the wines are referred to as Muscadet. The Vinet family makes three distinctively different wines from the same grape grown on different soils throughout these two communes. They are marked by extended lees contact with the wines from Clos de la Houssaie, remaining on the lees for 2 years before bottling.
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Estate Owned By:
Gérard and Laurence Vinet
Farming and Land:
Certified sustainable farming by Terra Vitis (2010) on 55 hectares (135 acres) of unique soils comprised of schist, mica, gneiss, and amphibolite. These rocky soils express white wines of distinction, nine miles from the ocean where the Sèvre and Maine rivers connect.
Domaine de la Quilla: 10,000 cases Domaine Saint Martin: 4,000 cases Clos de la Houssaie: 300 cases