Dark, garnet-edged ruby; scents of wild cherry, dried rose petals, and cocoa powder; alcoholically warm in the mouth, well-balanced, with supple tannins
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Braised meats, roasts, aged cheeses
Pierre David started the family domaine with 3.7 acres in the village of Le Landreau way back in 1927. After WWII, his son Andre added vineyard parcels, and later, grandson Michel expanded the domaine even further. Today great-grandson Stephane and business partner Sebastien Duvallet farm 74 acres; 62 of which lie within the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation (Le Landreau and Vallet).
Loire-based wine writer Jacqueline Friedrich typifies the wines of Le Landreau as ”tender Muscadets” that are ”early to express themselves” while she suggests the full-bodied wines of Muscadet’s Capital, Vallet, benefit from a little time in bottle. David & Duvallet offer both styles, though the two wines are from the same special vineyard.
While Stephane and Sebastien are not yet recognized internationally like Le Landreau neighbor Guy Bossard at Domaine L’Ecu, they have begun to make a name for themselves in the region. Like Bossard, these two members of the Nantais’ new generation realize the difference between exceptional Muscadet and the region’s ocean of ordinary oyster wine is hard work in the vineyard and attention to detail. The duo’s Muscadet Clos du Ferre is now regularly listed in France’s Guide Hachette and the domaine has been featured in several other respected trade publications.