We were very pleased to welcome Jean Pascal Aubron to join us for our first of our monthly masterclasses at our HQ, SE1.
Jean Pascal was over in London at a wine fair and we thought this was too good an opportunity to pass up.
Once a staple, Muscadet has been out of fashion for too long. Yet since the early 2000s, global journals, leading critics and wine professionals alike have clamoured for a revisiting of the appellation thanks to an extraordinary increase in quality. Very few regions these days are undersold, quite the reverse, so we are delighted to offer these wines from Jean Pascal Aubron that are sure to raise an eyebrow or two!
Located near the town of Vallet, close to Nantes on the Atlantic Coast, wine has been produced on the acclaimed site ‘Le Grand Fief de l’Audigère’ since 1678. A lieu-dit that sits on gabbro deposits (volcanic rock), wines here are highly-perfumed, floral, with vibrant energy and the region’s famed natural acidity. Current owner Jean Pascal tends to 11 hectares, some 40 years of age, using stainless steel fermentation and glass-lined underground concrete tanks. He consistently produces excellent examples of early drinking as well as age-worthy Muscadet, including the ‘Vallet’, soon to be officially recognised as his top cuvee under the new appellation certification that intends to highlight this area’s greater pedigree.
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Audigère ‘Hautes Expressions’ 2015
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Vibrant pale yellow with hints of gold. Hazelnut and almonds on the nose with a touch of honey. Round, with good balance of fruit and freshness on the palate, followed by a light, pleasant bitterness on the finish. Racy, this is ideal at Apéritif or alongside oysters, seafood or smoked salmon.
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Cuvée’ Vieilles Vignes’ 2015
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Brilliant pale straw with golden tinges. Opens with an intense, refined nose offering strong minerality, citrus and fern root. Excellent balance between the expected acidity and the roundness from good fruit texture. Aromas of dried fruits and light vanilla plus unctuosity found throughout.
Muscadet ‘Vallet’ 2012
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Very pale in colour with grey tints, this wine opens with aromas of fresh dates and minerals. Structured and rich on the palate thanks to no less than 18+ months ageing on the lees before bottling. Excellent length. Drinking superbly now, it can age another 5+ years.
Many thanks to all those who attended and were involved in a very indepth and facinating discussion about Jean Aubron wines and Muscadet in general.