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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Muscadet 2022

White Wine from France - Loire
4.800000000 star rating 5 Reviews
Second and third generations of the Chéreau family, Bernard and Louise respectively, created this unique wine for us for our 150th birthday Generation Series, and it combines their specialism in the sur Lie style with a nod to the past. A small component was raised in older oak barrels bringing extra breadth and complexity to muscadet’s natural freshness and appetising salinity. For a video message from the winemaker, and for more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £11.95 Bottle
Price: £143.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: LO18741

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • Muscadet
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

More on the wine

Early Society Lists included Muscadet or ‘Muscadet Supérieur’ – an unofficial category not used today. The Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie appellation was established in 1937 and the Chéreau family, of maison Chéreau-Carré, were pioneers of the style.

From their base at the Château de Chasseloir, just outside Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, they have been making wine in the Pays Nantais since the 1950s, now with extensive vineyards across five communes, and supplying The Wine Society for almost forty years, including our Society’s Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, which was upgraded from a Muscadet Sèvre et Maine with no negative impact on sales at the time.

Muscadet’s reputation suffered in the 1970s, when yields and rather unpalatable acidity were high, and quality low, but these days, in part thanks to climate change, the wines are cleaner, riper, and all round friendlier.

As the name implies, melon de Bourgogne originated in Burgundy, and finer, mature examples can even resemble Burgundian chardonnay, and certainly make a good – and great value – alternative to it. Our 150th Anniversary Muscadet celebrates the positive change that has happened in the region since those challenging times.

Chereau-Carré

The name Chéreau has been prevalent in winemaking circles in the Nantais area of the Loire region for centuries. This particular branch of the family, however, did not enter the wine business until after World War II. Starting with only a small family plot in the early 1950s, Bernard Chéreau senior set about acquiring more vineyards and property in Sèvre-et-Maine, the most notable being Château de Chasseloir in 1953, with its 15th-century tower, historic chai and 100-year-old plot of vines.

Chéreau’s marriage to Mademoiselle Carré also brought the vineyards of Château l’Oiselinière into the fold. Following this union, the business was renamed Chéreau-Carré in order to distinguish it from other growers with the Chéreau name and the couple’s business went from strength to strength. Investment in the region has continued since and they now own 133 hectares across six domaines and five communes.

The Society first bought here in February 1986 (the L'Oiselinière 1985). Second generation Bernard Chéreau, is in charge of the whole family firm, which includes a number of domaines under the Chéreau-Carré umbrella, and in 2014 his daughter Louise joined him to continue the family commitment to the region and to the development of the Crus Communaux.

Naturally, the melon de Bourgogne – or muscadet – grape is king here and there is extensive use of lees-ageing to provide an extra dimension to the wines. Sur lie wines often have more character and Bernard’s wines prove they can develop in...
The name Chéreau has been prevalent in winemaking circles in the Nantais area of the Loire region for centuries. This particular branch of the family, however, did not enter the wine business until after World War II. Starting with only a small family plot in the early 1950s, Bernard Chéreau senior set about acquiring more vineyards and property in Sèvre-et-Maine, the most notable being Château de Chasseloir in 1953, with its 15th-century tower, historic chai and 100-year-old plot of vines.

Chéreau’s marriage to Mademoiselle Carré also brought the vineyards of Château l’Oiselinière into the fold. Following this union, the business was renamed Chéreau-Carré in order to distinguish it from other growers with the Chéreau name and the couple’s business went from strength to strength. Investment in the region has continued since and they now own 133 hectares across six domaines and five communes.

The Society first bought here in February 1986 (the L'Oiselinière 1985). Second generation Bernard Chéreau, is in charge of the whole family firm, which includes a number of domaines under the Chéreau-Carré umbrella, and in 2014 his daughter Louise joined him to continue the family commitment to the region and to the development of the Crus Communaux.

Naturally, the melon de Bourgogne – or muscadet – grape is king here and there is extensive use of lees-ageing to provide an extra dimension to the wines. Sur lie wines often have more character and Bernard’s wines prove they can develop in the bottle and cellar too, as most vividly displayed by the Cuvée des Ceps Centenaires, from 100-year-old vines on the Chasseloir property, and Le Clos du Château at L'Oiselinière. The Society has listed the former for many vintages, while the latter, a more recent arrival, and their contribution to the new Cru Communal initiative, is a prestige bottling from a perfectly exposed, mineral-rich plot of eighty year old vines, matured for up to 33 months on its lees (and hence, ironically, not allowed the sur Lie appellation).
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