Overview of the Wine
The estate’s vineyards are located in the eastern portion of Vallet, one of the newly established Muscadet Crus. The soil consists of mica schists, which allow for the rapid flow of water and quick warming of the soil in spring to generate an early start for the vine. This crumbly rock also allows deep rooting of vines. Deeper down, the roots find clay areas rich in minerals, which are useful in summer to conserve water resources. The orientation of the vines, slope, soil thickness, and age of the vines varies among the plots.
The vineyards are located in a maritime climate south of the Loire River, 30 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Winters are relatively mild, which enables a fairly early start for the vines. Summers are relatively dry but with mild temperatures. The vines suffer little water stress and the balance between the sugars and acids in the berries allows for aromatic wines that retain freshness. This climate is important in creating the character of the wines and imbues them with real originality.
The former family seat of the Loré de la Ragotière family, the Château (14th century) and the thirty hectare estate were bought by the Couillaud brothers in 1979. This soil of schist and micaschist produces late-maturing and well-structured wines, particularly good for keeping.
Whereas most Muscadets are left on the lees only a short time, all of the Ragotière wines are bottled sur lie. The wines are not racked after fermentation but are drawn directly off the lees and bottled immediately, leaving in the wine some of the carbon dioxide created by the fermentation. Ragotière bottles no earlier than April, allowing time for the lees to nourish the wine and define its character. In the cellar, Ragotière concentrates on bringing out the character of the wines using pneumatic pressing, cold maceration to improve aromas, and controlled-temperature fermentation and other techniques to develop body. To enable them to reach full maturity, the Muscadets are matured for about one year on fine lees.
Grape / Blend
100% Melon de B.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
This is an exceptional Muscadet. It still has plenty of freshness along with a tight, mineral texture and lightly smoky flavors. The concentration gives the wine richness while it remains bone dry and crisp.
Notes of quince, candied fruit and liquorice for a cuvée of great complexity. Pneumatic press and cold settling. Alcoholic fermentation. Aging on fine lees for 29 months in underground tanks. Bottling after tartaric precipitation by cold.
Product Size: 750ml