Review Score 95
Loire Valley

2017 Jo Landron Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

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“Jo’s top cuvée, a cru prototype, is sourced from vines aged more than 30 years, planted in soils of orthogneiss and quartz. This was vinified in cement cuve, followed by 36 months on the lees. The nose is just beautiful, elegantly polished, with notes of blanched almond, fragrant vanilla and dried citrus fruits. A super style on the palate, tense but also dense, polished, a little sinewy even, which I like, always with that bitter grip. A delightful style freshened with nuances of iodine and apple skin, this is excellent, and is clearly set to go the distance in the cellar.” 95 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor Read more
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95 POINTS
Chris Kissak - The Wine Doctor

“Jo’s top cuvée, a cru prototype, is sourced from vines aged more than 30 years, planted in soils of orthogneiss and quartz. This was vinified in cement cuve, followed by 36 months on the lees. The nose is just beautiful, elegantly polished, with notes of blanched almond, fragrant vanilla and dried citrus fruits. A super style on the palate, tense but also dense, polished, a little sinewy even, which I like, always with that bitter grip. A delightful style freshened with nuances of iodine and apple skin, this is excellent, and is clearly set to go the distance in the cellar.” 95 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor

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Tasting Notes

Le Fief du Breil comes from a single, six-hectare biodynamically farmed vineyard, situated on a south-facing slope above the Sèvre river in La Haye-Fouassière. Fief is a term from the Middle Ages which means a piece of land once associated with (and probably owned by) the local Abbey or Duke. This in turn infers quality, as the local rulers tended to keep the best parcels for themselves. Breil means ‘next to the forest’, indicating the woodland this parcel borders. The vines are also surrounded by old walls, another sign of its historical significance. The soils here are rich in silex (flint), river pebbles, quartz and granite, all laid over a bedrock of orthogneiss—a geologically complex site. While Muscadet is generally flat, Jo notes that this vineyard is on “a hill by local standards”. The vines are also open directly to the south, an ideal exposure to produce one of the region's benchmarks. The vines here are 45 years old; Landron prunes very short, and also shoot-thins to restrict yields. Hand-harvested, the juice was slowly and naturally fermented before being raised in Landron's large, subterranean cement tanks. This bottling has spent a full 30 months on its lees. Posesses the sort of multi-layered complexity that is about as far removed from the regional stereotype as can be imagined.

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