Domaines Vinet

The Vinet family show their dedication to the variegated terroirs of the Muscadet region in a unique way. When Gérard and Laurence married, both families had vineyards on different soil types from different villages. It was their vision to retain the individuality of these two locations and make distinct wines labeled under the original family domaines instead of combining them.

Maleco falls within the venue of Domaine Vinet.

DOMAINE DE LA QUILLA It all started in the village of La Haye-Fouassière, just after World War II when Gustave Vinet begin farming 4 hectares called Domaine de la Quilla. Step by step, this property has evolved with Gustave’s son, Gerard, taking over the growing 8-hectare estate in 1981. Today, with the help of his brother and wife Laurence, this property represents the largest holding of the Vinet family at 30 hectares strong (74 acres).

DOMAINE SAINT-MARTIN Laurence joined forces with her husband in 1990, and with her came the family property in Château Thébaud, which dates to 1930. Domaine Saint-Martin is a special property of only 9 hectares and the wines are still being made in the same, proven, generations old techniques. The wine is held for at least a year until they have settled and are ready to sell. Laurence takes the lead in making this wine the “old-fashioned” way.

The faimly’s domaines span more than 60 years of Loire Valley history. Beginning in 1948, Gustave Vinet acquired the family’s first holdings, Domaine de la Quilla in the village of La Haye-Fouassière, just nine miles from the Atlantic coast. Today his son Gérard and his wife Laurence farm the diverse terroirs of the appellation, spread among the Cru villages of La Haye Fouassière and Château-Thébaud. The Vinet family take their vocation seriously, farming and studying the various soil types of the appellation and then translating them into distinctive wines with extended lees contact. The fact that Gérard has recently been appointed as president of both the Muscadet appellation and the entire Loire Valley shows his standing among his peers, and the standard of quality he upholds in the vineyards and in the winery.

The Muscadet region is just nine miles from the Atlantic ocean in the Loire valley, just south of the city of Nantes. We are currently in an exciting time for the Muscadet region. There are ten Crus that have recently been recognized for their superior quality and age-worthy wines. The Vinet family vineyards are found within two of these Crus, La Haye-Fouassière and Château-Thébaud in the heart of the Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine Appellation. The appellation gets its name from the two rivers that connect here just before the ocean in the far western corner of the Loire valley. The grape, Melon de Bourgogne, is used to make energetic wines that gain weight and texture through extended lees contact (lees are the dead yeast cells that accumulate after fermentation) and the wines are referred to as Muscadet. The Vinet family makes three distinctively different wines from the same grape grown on different soils throughout these two communes. They are marked by extended lees contact with the wines from Clos de la Houssaie, remaining on the lees for 2 years before bottling.

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