Andrew Guard

2016 Muscadet 'Cuvée Gaia', Domaine de Belle‐Vue

This is a very rare and special Muscadet - Jerome Bretaudeau has produced just 1400 bottles of a brilliant wine (from Gabbro soils) that he has raised in a concrete egg. This wine is quite incredible and I will just leave it at that, it is one of the very best white wines I will offer.

Jerome Bretaudeau set up on his own in 2005 having made wine for others for the previous 10 years, notably Jo Landron at Domaine de la Louvetrie.

His Domaine de Belle-Vue is today one of the leading lights in the region and the quality of his wines is outstanding, indeed there is an underground buzz on these wines amongst France’s best wine bars and bistros.

Three things set him way apart from the rest and are the reason that his wines are so good; he harvests by hand, his vines yield only 35hl/ha (in a region where 90hl/ha is normal!) and he only uses the available natural yeasts for fermentation. With these principles in mind, Bretaudeau stands beside others in our portfolio like Belliviere, Tue-Boeuf and Foillard.