A Mineral Odyssey
Clos des Orfeuilles is a vineyard above all else, 18.5 hectares of vines located in Le Pallet, near the city of Nantes, in the heart of the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine appellation.
The unique terroir made an impression on the Castel Family, who acquired the property in 2007 with a view to contributing to the Muscadet appellation’s renaissance. While today the style and quality of the property’s wines are widely recognised, this is in no small part a result of the family’s response to the challenges taken up over a decade ago.
At Clos des Orfeuilles, the Muscadet renaissance is a Mineral Odyssey, with the vineyard owing its quality to the local geology. Terroirs of schist,and micaschiste, gneiss and orthogneiss, alongside reasonably sized deposits of quartz and amphibolite, offer remarkable diversity and quality. This geological mosaic covers four distinct plots, each of which constitutes its own unique terroir and character.
With such a remarkable mosaic of soils, there is no need for an elaborate blend of grape varieties to provide the wine with its complexity. At Clos des Orfeuilles, a single variety is planted: Melon de Bourgogne. Over centuries, this variety has made the vineyards around the city of Nantes its home, with the Clos des Orfeuilles terroir bringing out each and every one of its qualities. The inimitable lightness of its touch and freshness of its flavour, its vivacity and characteristic citrus notes, and of course its extraordinary minerality and signature saline hints.