Muscadet-Sevre et Maine is the great wine of the Pays Nantais, where the Loire empties into the North Atlantic. Historically this cool and wet region was at the margins of viable vineyard lands in France. Today it is at the forefront of the celebration of the many and diverse, once ignoble, wine regions of France. Dedication to the land and craft of wine, as well as the clement weather of recent years, has been a boon to Muscadet's global popularity. The renaissance in the region has led to the creation of new communal crus, delimiting and naming certain vineyard areas of distinct and high quality. Monnieres-Saint Fiacre is one of the new communal crus, highlighting the vineyards around the villages of Monnieres and Saint Fiacre, where soils are particularly rich in gneiss.
Pierre-Henri Gadais is the grandson of Michel Gadais, who first bottled Saint Fiacre designated Muscadet in the 1950s. All of Pierre-Henri's vineyards are in the commune of Saint Fiacre and all of his vines are very old, between 60 and 80 years.
The 2013 vintage of his Saint Fiacre Muscadet is classic: aromas of sea breeze, lemon, apple and pear precede a pure and stony wine with crisp fruit and a refreshing finish. It is a great apertif wine but it will also be very versatile at the table. Muscadet is well known as the perfect pairing for freshly shucked oysters, but it will be great with all manner of seafood: mussels, sea bass in salt crust, scallops, steamers... the list could go on and on. It will also do well with vegetables: grilled ramps, corn and zucchini, Greek salad, haricots verts and new potatoes with a fresh herb butter, seaweed salad... And don't forget to try it with fried chicken!