Marc Pesnot - "La Boheme" VDF White 2022 750ml (12.5% ABV)

Marc Pesnot - "La Boheme" VDF White 2022 750ml (12.5% ABV)

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Marc Pesnot farms 22 hectares of fifty-year-old Melon de Bourgogne (the variety used to make all Muscadet wines) vines near the city of Nantes. In the beginning of Marc’s winemaking career, he spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how he could plant and work with some grapes of better and more interesting quality than his humble and native Melon. After much tinkering with different amounts of skin contact and other natural processes, he finally realized that he didn’t need any other grapes; that it was just the shoddy industrial work rampant in the region that was diluting the quality of his neighbor's wines.

Marc was always searching for the perfume from the Melon de Bourgogne grapes. The juice itself he describes as not particularly aromatic, but after years of tinkering, he has discovered that very complex aromas live in the cellular structure underneath the skin. By working with a very sophisticated press that allows him to calibrate for a very gentle and slow pressure, Marc has been able to access these cellular areas, to release the natural perfume the grape has to offer.

Early on Marc decided he would not pursue the muscadet appellation for any of his wines and be known simply by the quality of his wines, apart from the industrial stigma of the region. In fact, the appellation is one of the more restrictive in France. If one chooses to allow malolactic fermentation, as Marc does in all his wines, one is almost assured to be denied the appellation. The appellation also carries a bizarre, minimum restriction of yield that is quite high, thus almost mandating that the wine produced be one of lower quality and blander taste.

His old vines thrive in a schist soil that lends them a profound persistence and depth of minerality that is nearly unheard of for Muscadet. As a result of this unique terroir, terrific southern exposure, and Marc’s organic farming methods these wines can age gracefully for up to five years. His wines are complex and work well with a variety of dishes and are always a pleasure to drink.

Cloudy straw in the glass with pretty notes of white flowers, pear, seashell and stone. The palate is broad and creamy, quite dense, not lean and green, with much more fruit and texture than the grape Melon de Bourgogne often shows, bracing acidity. 

30-50 year old vines. schist soil. 

region: Pays Nantais, Loire, France

varietal: Melon de Bourgogne

style: white

farming/cellar: organic, The grapes are harvested by hand at their maximum ripeness and destemmed. The fruit undergoes a slow manual pressing and the wine rests on lees in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks for at least nine months.

pairing: clam chowder, fried perch