Chateau du Coing de st Fiacre - Muscadet serre et Maine, sur lie

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Château du Coing de St. Fiacre

Château du Coing is located in the village of Saint Fiacre, in the...

Sèvre et Maine district of Muscadet. The owner and winemaker is Véronique Günther-Chéreau, whose family has been making wine at Saint Fiacre since 1421. Véronique has over 65 hectares of vines which lie at the meeting point of the Sèvre and Maine rivers. Unusually for négoce-dominated Muscadet, Château du Coing is family run and uses solely estate grown fruit. The style is 'sur lie', with at least six months' ageing on the yeast lees to ensure more body and complexity than the average Muscadet on the market.

Vineyards

Sèvre et Maine is acknowledged to be the best district in which to grow Muscadet (Melon de Bourgogne). The vineyard of Château du Coing is located in the village of Saint Fiacre sur Maine, just at the confluence of the rivers Sèvre and Maine. The soil is composed of schists and the vineyards are south-facing with slopes of 14%. The vines here are on average 65 years old, giving depth and richness to the wines.

Vintage Information

Spring frosts in April affected yields in some areas of the Loire Valley, however, a long, warm summer allowed the grapes to ripen fully. Summer was so warm that many producers harvested around one month ahead of schedule. The 2017 vintage is looking promising as the wines are fruit-driven and despite their advanced state of ripeness at harvest, retain good acidity and a pleasing balance on the palate.

Vinification

The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 20°C. It qualifies as Muscadet 'Sur Lie' due to the six months' ageing on its fine lees after fermentation.

Tasting Notes

This wine is pale yellow in colour, with fresh aromas of white peach, green apples and floral notes. On the palate, the pure citrus fruit is bolstered by body, richness and structure from the lees ageing. Crisp and vibrant, it is the perfect companion to seafood.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Melon de Bourgogne
Region Muscadet, Loire
Winemaker Véronique Günter-Chéreau
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 4.02g/l
Residual Sugar 1.8g/l
Wine pH 3.4