La Morandiere

The Story

Straight out of six years of enology school, in Nantes, the humble Alexandre Déramé started running his family estate winery. It’s been over ten years now and he has single-handedly brought the estate to a newly respected level. Although his production in total is probably considered “medium sized”, his yields are amongst the lowest in Muscadet and his “Vieille Vignes” production is miniscule. His wife and mother help with simple things but Alexandre is pretty much a one-man show with one vineyard employee. The first time we tasted his wines we were surprised that a producer of this quality had not been snapped up long ago, especially after tasting some old wines that have just recently been put on the market from his earliest bottlings. His latest venture is converting his vineyards to organic farming.

Lay of the Land

Morandière is a tiny commune in the gentle rolling hills in the region named after the village, Mouzillon, one of the most highly regarded villages in the appellation, Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine. Morandière holds two estates, one being the family estate holding the village namesake La Morandière, and the other being a historical estate with tremendous old vines holdings on a very special terroir, Les Roches des Gaudinières. This estate was purchased years ago and they kept the name because of its historical relevance to the region.  Mouzillon is distinctive for its soils high in concentration of Gabro, a metallic-flecked, pale green and black, hard volcanic stone developed through slow cooling of basaltic magma is mixed with a loamy soil and orange-colored silex and quartz-like rocks. It is a very unique place that gifts the wines with tremendous power and tension.

Melon de Bourgogne

La Morandiere - 2004 Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Les Roches Gaudinieres, Vieilles Vignes

Price: $23.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

Out of stock

Type of Wine: White
Style: High acid, Mineral

The Wine

Inside the bottle: Once this wine hits your palate, you understand how profound of an affect the 80 year-old vines have had on this wine, it is like drinking liquid stone. There is a discreet amount of fruit in the wine but most of dried citrus peelings are simply an accent to a wine that smells purely like a freshly crushed stones and spring water. The volcanic soil and smells of ocean air seems to give the wine its slightly salty, marine like finish. The wine is a dense powerhouse that feels like two bottles were crammed into one.

Some details: The wine spends 24 months on its lees in cement and is racked into stainless for another year of aging and settling. We met the old man who used to own this vineyard, a man who has been advising Alexandre along the way, and he stared at us as he confidently said, “this vineyard is the Romanée Conti of Muscadet!” I’d be surprised if he’s tasted that wine but at least you get the reverence he has for this vineyard.

About The Wine

Inside the bottle: Once this wine hits your palate, you understand how profound of an affect the 80 year-old vines have had on this wine, it is like drinking liquid stone. There is a discreet amount of fruit in the wine but most of dried citrus peelings are simply an accent to a wine that smells purely like a freshly crushed stones and spring water. The volcanic soil and smells of ocean air seems to give the wine its slightly salty, marine like finish. The wine is a dense powerhouse that feels like two bottles were crammed into one.

Some details: The wine spends 24 months on its lees in cement and is racked into stainless for another year of aging and settling. We met the old man who used to own this vineyard, a man who has been advising Alexandre along the way, and he stared at us as he confidently said, “this vineyard is the Romanée Conti of Muscadet!” I’d be surprised if he’s tasted that wine but at least you get the reverence he has for this vineyard.