J. Mourat

Vignobles Mourat was created in 1974 with the purchase of the Chateau Marie de Fou estate by Jérémie Mourat’s father. Jérémie, a dynamic young winemaker, took over for his father in 2000 and has steadily been raising the profile for their region, the Fiefs Vendéens. Located an hour south from Nantes along the central coast of France, Fiefs Vendéens is the westernmost region of the Loire Valley, located 20 km from the coast. As such, the maritime influence from the nearby Atlantic is the dominant climatic influence in the region. There are two major soil types in the region 1) volcanic (with 20 to 35% quartz) and 2) schist. Mourat’s vineyards are situated on hillside vineyards overlooking the Lay Valley. Since Jérémie assumed control in 2000 he has been converting to organic farming, working naturally in the cellar, and championing the history and traditions of this winemaking region, which can trace its roots to the Romans

Wines

Fiefs Vendeens Blanc ‘Collection’

Varietal: Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 50% Chenin Blanc & 50% Chardonnay. Rhyolite, purple schist, quartz and clay soils. 20 year old vines. Gently pressed, cold settled, then fermented and aged in stainless steel.

Fiefs Vendeens Rose ‘Collection’

Varietal: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc

Color: Rose

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Gamay 40% Cabernet Franc grown on a mix of schist and rhyolite. Average age of the vines is 20 years. Hand-harvested, destemmed, pressed and settled with spontaneous fermentation at cool temperatures in stainless steel. Aged 5 months in tank before bottling.

Fiefs Vendeens Rouge ‘Collection’

Varietal: Pinot Noir, Négrette, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 1/3 Pinot Noir, 1/3 Cabernet Franc, 1/3 Negrette & Cabernet Sauvignon. Volcanic mix of soils: rhyolite, quartz, purple schist, and clay. Vines age from 15-30+ years old. Fruit is picked, destemmed, then crushed and fermented with 8 days of pump-overs. Fermentation and ageing in temperature controlled stainless steel.

Marie du Fou Blanc, Fiefs Vendeens

Varietal: Chenin Blanc. Chardonnay

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic (conversion). 70/30 Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Vine Age 20+ years. Soils of schist and rhyolite. Vine density 6700 vines/ha. Pressed, settled, and racked to a combination of temp control stainless steel and large neutral barrels. Aged for 5 months before bottling

Marie du Fou Rose, Fiefs Vendeens

Varietal: Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc

Color: Rose

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. A blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet Franc grown on a mix of schist and rhyolite. Average age of the vines is 20 years. Hand-harvested, destemmed, pressed and settled with spontaneous fermentation at cool temperatures in stainless steel. Aged 5 months in tank before bottling

Marie du Fou Rouge, Fiefs Vendeens

Varietal: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Negrette

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic (conversion). Blend of 40% pinot noir 20% Cabernet Sauvignon 20% cabernet franc 20% negrette. Vine age 20-40 years. Purple shist and rhyolite soil. 6700 vines/ha. Fermentation: 8 to 12 days depending on vintage and grape varieties. Regular pumping over at the beginning of the alcoholic fermentation then ageing in neutral wood tanks of 100 hl. Ageing for 5 months.

Moulin Blanc Pinot Noir, Loire Meridionale

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Pinot Noir. Avg 40 year old vines grown in clay over purple schist. Hand-harvested and destemmed. Spontaneosu fermentation for 15 days then aged in 68 hl foudre for 6 months before bottling.

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