Muscadet Sevre et Maine "Phileas" 2020, Domaine Les Trois Toits

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Named after the hero in Jules Verne’s classic “Around the World in Eighty Days,” this cuvée is a selection of some of the best lots at harvest, and while the components can vary from vintage to vintage, it typically centers around holdings in La Louer. Vincent and Cécile give it longer on the fine lees than the basic Muscadet—up to 18 months! It shows greater depth, power, and complexity, while still remaining crisp and mineral-fronted. On the nose, the wine shows hints of herb-crusted goat cheese and dried pineapple. The palate is clean and tastes of oyster shells and crisp fruit.

About the Winery

The Domaine les Trois Toits was built on the old foundation of an ancient abbey established there in the 17th century. The cave is built entirely of stone and its roof is marked by three peaks – thus its name: “Trois Toits” or three roofs.

The Domaine les Trois Toits was built on the foundation of an ancient abbey established in the 17th century. The cave is built entirely of stone and its roof is marked by three peaks, thus its name: “Trois Toits,” or three roofs. Domaine les Trois Toits has long been recognized throughout the Vertou region for its uncompromising attention to detail and quiet excellence, and has entered a new chapter. Now enjoying a well-earned retirement after 25 years at the helm of the estate, Hubert has passed the baton to Vincent Barbier and Cécile Perraud, who purchased the domaine in 2019. Hubert provided for years a classic, mineral-driven Muscadet that was embraced with enthusiasm, but Vincent and Cécile are poised to strive even higher in their work: the domaine is now in organic conversion; harvests are manual rather than mechanical; and wines ferment with indigenous yeasts. The three parcels at the domaine (Clos de la Nicolière, Clos de la Louée, and Clos du Bézier), have always produced evocative wines that clearly express their Gneiss and Orthogneiss soils, and with improved viticultural practices and cellar techniques we are sure that Domaine les Trois Toits will produce some of the most compelling wines in the Pays Nantais.