Domaine de la Furonnière
Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine, Loire
Domaine de la Furonnière is a generations-old family winery in the heart of Loire, located just east of the city of Nantes. Dedicated to bringing out the best of the Muscadet AOC land, the Furronière winemaking team uses techniques passed down from grandfather to father to son. Spending ample time on each bottling and aging the wine sur lie, the Furronnière domaine, now led by vigneron Daniel Bonneau, expresses the land and the fruit in the bottle.
The estate is situated in the village of Landreau, South-East of Nantes, about 15 km from the Loire river. Being so close to the ocean, the vineyard benefits from a unique microclimate that cooled by the nearby sea, resulting in the Muscadet region being cooler than the rest of the Loire Valley. The estate has 30 hectares, mostly Muscadet appellation, but also Gros Plant, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gamay and Cabernet.
A must-try for the lovers of dry, aromatic whites. From the family of Furonnière, it’s a wine whose makers proudly work with generations of distinguished experience under their belts. The estate’s history is rooted in a family whose dedication to excellence extends to the soil itself, resulting in a wine that seems to come straight from the ground. Led by vigneron Daniel Bonneau, the Domaine works each vintage to bring out the taste of the Loire in every sip, producing the purest expression of the land, with as little manipulation as possible.
Apart from the poetic history of the estate, the terroir itself is as idyllic as land can be. Touched with fossilized shells that give the Loire wines an enticing minerality, the Muscadet region is also covered with quartz and silex pebbles. The 50-year-old vines absorb the cool-climate air as they thrive in the Muscadet earth.
The people and the land come together to produce excellence: wine that defines ‘purity,’ overflowing with fruits: kiwi, grapefruit, white peach, apple, and lemon. Of course, the distinctive minerality that can only come from Muscade accompanies the splendid notes of fruit. Made from Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet is known for its light-as-air body and lively, fresh acidity. Similar to a Pinot Blanc, this Muscadet also reminded our Panel of an oceanic Chablis. A wine that starts and ends with the best the ocean has to offer, it’s a fresh oyster, cracked-crab taste of the Loire terroir.
A wine to share (if you’re willing), this is a new discovery for those with a penchant for balanced, crisp whites; a gem straight from France; cheers.
Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine, Loire
Domaine de la Furonnière is a generations-old family winery in the heart of Loire, located just east of the city of Nantes. Dedicated to bringing out the best of the Muscadet AOC land, the Furronière winemaking team uses techniques passed down from grandfather to father to son. Spending ample time on each bottling and aging the wine sur lie, the Furronnière Domaine, now led by vigneron Daniel Bonneau, expresses the land and the fruit in the bottle. Muscadet always bring thoughts of fresh oysters, cracked crab, shrimp...all the best of the ocean comes to mind. The vineyards in Servre et Maine, at the junction of the two rivers in Muscadet, are all soils of decomposed seabeds, full of old shells. This get transposed into the wines of the region, making them a perfect match for fresh seafood. This wine is a classic rendition of Muscadet. Fresh, crisp and clean, with a nice character of melon, minerals and brine. You can smell the ocean in every glass. But it's not austere, in fact there's a delightful roundness to it that's kept fresh by the good acidity in the wine.