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Chateau Haute Cariziere Le Vielles Vignes Muscadet

Organic practices and certified sustainable by Terra Vitis. Off the oldest vines on their estate. Hand harvest. De-stemmed and crushed gently. Natural settling and fermentation without additions over about 2 weeks in acacia and French oak barrels of 3 to 6 years old. The Fût Vieilles Vignes selection is vinified and rests sur lie for 12 months with regular stirring. 2–3 years in bottle prior to release.

Chateau Haute Cariziere is a 35 hectare estate. All farming practices are organic. The vineyard is a family affair currently in its fourth generation. At the helm are husband and wife team Daniel Bideau and Marie-Beatrice Giraud. Marie-Beatrice’s grandfather originally acquired the vines in 1909 and she has been involved with the estate all her life. The site is quite special, being located on the former Armorican Massif, south-east facing, and planted on exceptionally varied and ancient soil. Their recipe for quality is simple: respect the environment and endeavor to ensure that all practices aim to foster biodiversity and sustainability. The result is the production of world class Muscadet.

Winemaker: Daniel Bideau
Country: France
Region: Loire
Type: White
Variety: Melon de Bourgogne
Farming: Organic, Sustainable
Age of Vines: Planted around 1950–60
Production: 5,000 bottles
Soil: Mica-schist, which is flakey and rich in mica and quartz