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Our First Stop for Terrifically Minerally Muscadet is Jo Landron

Our First Stop for Terrifically Minerally Muscadet is Jo Landron

 

There are a handful of top-class domaines in Muscadet, and it is clear that Jo Landron has his hand on the tiller of one of them.

—Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor. com

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Muscadet is one of the world’s greatest sources for crisp, mineral-expressive whites. There’s so much value, too; go into practically any decent wine shop and you can find really good bottles for less than $20. And if you are willing to spend just a little more, you can get the best of the best.

Today we have just that, made from one of Muscadet’s most iconic and beloved vignerons, Jo Landron. Once a pioneer of organic (and later, biodynamic) viticulture for the region, Landron is now a respected mentor to newer generations of Muscadet winemakers. A recent tasting of his wines confirmed that he’s also still making killer wine.

His ‘best of the best’ wine is Fief du Breil, a wine we’ve enjoyed with significant bottle age many times. (Yes, Muscadet can age – as well as just about any other kind of dry white.)

The 2017, now seven years old, is singing. Intense mineral notes are wrapped in layers of cream and candied citrus, yet the whole thing comes off as effortless and harmonious. See the full review from the thewinedoctor. com’s Chris Kissack below:

Jo Landron Muscadet Sevre et Maine Fief du Breil 2017 - $31.99
“Jo’s top cuvée, a cru prototype, is sourced from vines aged more than 30 years, planted in soils of orthogneiss and quartz. This was vinified in cement cuve, followed by 36 months on the lees. The nose is just beautiful, elegantly polished, with notes of blanched almond, fragrant vanilla and dried citrus fruits. A super style on the palate, tense but also dense, polished, a little sinewy even, which I like, always with that bitter grip. A delightful style freshened with nuances of iodine and apple skin, this is excellent, and is clearly set to go the distance in the cellar. 95/100”

 

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