The Vinet family has some of the finest vineyards in
the Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine region where Gustave Vinet
acquired the family’s first holdings, Domaine de la
Quilla, in 1948 just nine miles from the Atlantic
coast. The Domaine is now farmed sustainably
and has been certified by Terra Vitis since 2010.
Here the Melon du Bourgogne grapes ripen to
perfection, but the real key to this wine is that the
Vinet’s keep it sur lie (on the lees) for eight months before
bottling at the end of May. Ageing on the lees gives this wine
added body and textural weight. The wine has a pale hue,
with a good, straw-colored tinge. The aromatics are, intense
and expressive. There are notes of lemon zest and a crunchy,
defined mineral character. Underneath the minerality you will
find white fruit notes and a peppery, pear-skin edge. The finish
is sappy and lively. This is wine by the sea to drink with the
fruits of the sea – oysters anyone?
|Wine maker notes
|The Vinet family owns about 60 acres. The vineyards are tended by Daniel and vinification is controlled by Gerard, his younger brother. With the Atlantic influence, the harvest generally begins early September. The yields are not excessive and all the fruit is harvested by hand. The real key to the wines from Domaine de la Quilla is that the Vinet’s keep the wines sur lie for eight months before bottling at the end of May, unlike most in this appellation who bottle in March. The Vinet family work proudly to produce this impeccably dry and fragrant wine. Enjoy!