Winery Profile

The Sauvion family has been well known for making Muscadet for nearly a century, and Michel Sauvion’s grandfather earned enough success with his wines that he was able to purchase the Chateau de Cleray in 1936. In 1978, Michel decided to leave and set up his own domaine following the vision he had to make an unusual Muscadet aged in large oak foudres. He took over a parcel of old vines around the Chateau de Fessardière, which were already classified as a terroir d’exception called “Climat” in the 19th century cadasters. In addition to starting with this exceptional terroir, in 1980 he ordered a number of reconditioned Alsation foudres from the only foudrier in France – Beaumaire in Alsace, and these are the same foudres still in use at the domaine today. Domaine Estelle Sauvion has been certified organic since 1997, and today the wines are named after his daughter Estelle.


As the only Muscadet producer to age his wines in large ‘foudres’, M. Sauvion produces a white wine with an unusual seductive richness, but also retains the salinity and brightness that are the hallmarks of great Muscadet. –Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company



Wines

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie: 100% Melon de Bourgogne.  The domaine only produces one wine – Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie. The wine comes from a 25 hectare certified organic vineyard in the village of Vallet. The average vine age is 27 years and the soils are silico-argileux (flint and clay). Native yeast fermentation with no additions beyond SO2. Half of the wine is aged in 30 year old Alsatian foudres with no malolactic fermentation. The other half of the wine is aged in underground resin tanks, and does undergo malo. The wines are then assembled together to make the final blend, which is bottled without fining or filtration in the springtime after the harvest with under 30 mg/L of S02.

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