Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France La Boheme Extra Large NV
La Boheme is Pesnot’s lowest-priced wine, but what a wine it is! We love the bright minerality, the lovely acidity and the incredible length on the palate. Even though it has the humble Vin de France designation this is a very serious wine that casts most other Muscadet wines in its long shadow. The quality of the wine is due to the meticulous vineyard work that even extends to hand picking the grapes only when they are ripe even if that takes a number of passes through the vineyard at picking time. The grapes are then totally destemmed and fermented very slowly (sometimes 4 months, sometimes longer), before resting on the lees for up to six months. This is a perfect summer drink!
RRP: SOLD OUT
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France Miss Terre 2017
The vines for this cuvee are from 50 years old to 80 years old growing in schist soils providing the wine with additional complexity.
There is a major difference to this wine (as compared with the La Boheme) and that is because Marc allows it to go through malolactic fermentation thus producing softer lactic acids rather than the more astringent malic acids. A miniscule amount of sulphur (2mg/litre) is added before bottling.
Chris Kissak who writes the Wine Doctor blog says of this cuvee:
The palate is quiet exhilarating, with a deep texture, piles of almost sherbetty minerality and a rich, flavoursome substance. Underneath it all there is moderate acidity in keeping with the malolactic, and it is the bite of the minerally component that contributes most to the structure of the wine. The fruit has a savoury vein, and the wine a bright, vibrant, pithy finish, with an appealing bitterness to the fruit here.
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France Nuitage
Marc applies the same philosophy of careful picking, destemming and slow pressing for this cuvee as well. The fermentation can take up to a year.
The grapes are grown on schist soils grown near Saint Julien de Concelles near Nantes.
It is made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne where the skins are kept in contact with the juice overnight before being fully pressed to provide added texture to the wine.
RRP: $43 for 2014, $53 for 2016
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France La Folle Blanche 2017
The vines of Folle Blanche are between 60 to 80 years old and thrive in minerally, schist soils thus giving the wine extra complexity especially when considering the very low yields that are achieved in Marc’s vineyards.
This is an excellent dry wine at only 11% alcohol that is perfect for teaming with white fish, scallops or oysters as well as many vegetable-based dishes.
Normally this wine is bottled without the addition of sulphites, however because of the troubles with this vintage he added a tiny, tiny 2mg of sulphites.
Marc Pesnot (Domaine de la Sénéchalière) Vin de France Chapeau Melon 2011
Yes! This is a wine that was made in 2011. When we received this wine in 2013, it still had quite a bit of residual sugar and we didn’t think it would work as a food wine or as an aperitif wine.
Therefore we put it aside in our warehouse to see if it would continue to ferment. Recently we decided to try it and we were very pleasantly surprised with the result! There is still a tiny bit of residual sugar but it is now down at a level that makes it intriguing. It also demonstrates that low-sulphur wines are capable of lasting just as long as those with heaps of sulphur provided they are made with care.
This is a 100% Melon de Bourgogne from the Muscadet region that is named after one of the early natural wine restaurants in Paris (we ate there in 2007) called Chapeau Melon.
Our policy when we hold a wine back such as this one is to re-release it at the original price.