Les Betes Curieuses

Founded in 2005 by the talented winemaking duo of Jérémie Huchet and Jérémie Mourat, Les Betes Curieuses is a collaboration to explore the distinct terroirs of Muscadet and showcase a more serious and ageworthy side of the region. Jérémie Mourat, owner of J. Mourat in the Vendee initially met Jérémie Huchet, whose winery is located in Muscadet, through a shared interest in organic viticulture. Huchet, based in Chateau Thebaud, was heavily influenced in his approach by Marc Olivier from Domane Pepiere and draws on generations of experience in knowing the best sites of the region. While Muscadet has long been recognized as one of the world’s great value wines, there is so much more to the region. The cru communaux (communal crus) were initially set up in 2011 and now total 11 in number (as of 2017). These are distinct crus (think cru Beaujolais for a good analog) founded on the basis of their unique soil types whose wines are amongst the very best expressions of Muscadet. Lower yields and longer ageing sur lie (a minimum of 18 months on the lees and 2 years total elevage is required) help to ensure only the very best wines carry the cru names on them. Les Betes Curieuses vinifies the crus separately using the same farming and winemaking techniques for each. Only 1% of all Muscadet is cru communaux. They focus on old, head-trained vines (most are more than 50 years old), organic farming, and minimal intervention winemaking. After fermentation the wines are aged for long periods of time in underground cement tanks on the lees. By keeping everything the same between crus they are able to clearly demonstrate the differences in terroir between each. Currently they vinify four of the crus: Clisson (granite), Gorges (blue clay/gabbro), Goulaine (schist), and Chateau-Thebaud (clay gravel on granite).
"Les Betes Curieuses challenges the typical notion of Muscadet as fun but simple wines. These are ageworthy, serious wines that reflect their terroir as clearly as the best of the Mosel and Burgundy." – Eric Clemons

Wines

Muscadet ‘Chateau Thebaud’

Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 50 year-old Melon vines trained in Gobelet. Planted at 7000 vines/ha. Clay-gravel on granite. Hand-harvested, slowly pressed and cold settled. Native yeast fermentation in underground tanks with no lees stirring. Aged on the lees for 5 years before bottling.

Muscadet ‘Clisson’

Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 50 year-old Melon vines trained in Gobelet. Planted at 7000 vines/ha. Sand on granite. Hand-harvested, slowly pressed and cold settled. Native yeast fermentation in underground tanks with no lees stirring. Aged for 30 months on the lees then bottled.

Muscadet ‘Gorges’

Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 40 year-old goblet-trained Melon vines planted at 7000 vines/ha. Gorges is one of the smallest Cru Communaux and has a very different terroir from others. Blue clay & sandstone sits on top of gabbro (a small igneous rock similar to basalt which is formed by intrusions of lava under the ancient ocean that was once here ) and amphibolite schist. Hand-harvested, slowly pressed and cold settled. Native yeast fermentation in underground tanks with no lees stirring. Aged for 5+ years before bottling.

Muscadet ‘Goulaine’

Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne

Color: White

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 50 year-old Melon vines trained in Gobelet. Planted at 7000 vines/ha. Schist and gneiss soil. Hand-harvested, slowly pressed and cold settled. Native yeast fermentation in underground tanks with no lees stirring. Aged for 4 years on the lees before bottling

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