Plot by plot Winemaking
Clos des Orfeuilles’ Muscadet is characterised by minerality and aromatic complexity, a direct result of the subtle combination of four distinct, exceptional plots.
To the north of the property, a first plot named “Moulinlandes” offers subtely saline wines of chiselled precision, a result of the quartz found in the soils. The same quartz-rich soils, with added amphibolite and gneiss, are found to the west of the estate, on the plot named “Les Cencives”, bringing flowery notes and a certain lightness to the overall structure. To the east, the eponymous “Orfeuilles” plot is a terroir made up of a majority of gneiss and orthogneiss, providing wines with freshness and tension. The orthogneiss that dominates the southerly “Les Écotais” plot provides a more classic profile, bringing structure to the final blend.
Before the final blend, wines from these plots are each completed separately. For each, a naturally occurring, indigenous yeast strain is selected from the vineyard to complete a wine that represents the very purest expression of the terroir.
Finesse and Precision
Alongside as for its terroir, the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine appellation is recognised for the singularity of its winemaking techniques. At Clos des Orfeuilles, aging on fine lees is, as for the fermentation process, carried out plot by plot.
Lasting a period of eight months, punctuated by two or three stirrings, this delicate aging enables the wines to gain in complexity, maximising contact with the carefully selected indigenous yeasts selected from each plot.
Each plot’s unique personality is etched into the intricate final blend: a lively, distinguished wine offering the very purest minerality and an aging potential that is rare for the appellation.