Third generation winemaker Stephan Orieux continues his fathers work in the vineyards, which are organic "L'Agriculture Biologique" since the 1960's (a revolutionary thing to do at the time), They are now certified by "L'Agriculture Biologique". The estate is located in Vallet, which is in the heart of the Sevre et Maine, the most important area for the production of Muscadet wines in the Loire.
Rich soils of mica-schist, combined with the wild yeast fermentation, produce lively wines infused with notes of lemon, lime, apples and hints of almond. Mineral driven tones lend a fresh noted to balance the citrus. The result? A wine you will want to drink all day long.
Located in Vallet, the heart of the Muscadet zone, Orieux’s organic vines grow on a soil rich in mica-schist, which imparts the wine with great purity, elegance and fruitiness. Pale green tinted lemon gold in the glass, Orieux’s Muscadet bursts with high-toned, wild yeast-driven aromas of schist-infused lemon-lime fruit, crisp yellow apples and raw almonds. Brisk and juicy, the wine impales the palate with mineral-driven citrus fruit accented by hints of quinine, bitter herbs and lemongrass. Fresh and invigorating, the wine finishes with vibrant lemon and quince fruit buoyed by soft, smoky minerality.
Covering 87 different AOCs, the Loire Valley is known for a fresh and fruity wine style, paired with crisp flavors. Some of the best known AOCs of France can be found in this region, including Sancerre, Chinon, Muscadet Sevre et Maine and Pouilly-Fume.
The region is dominated by the variety's Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Melon de Bourgogne ("Muscadet") for whites and by Cabernet Franc, Gamay and Pinot Noir for reds. Next to still wines, the Loire Valley is also the second-largest producer of sparkling wines in France.
Sevre et Maine
"The Muscadet-Sevre et Maine sub-appellation is the most productive and notable region of Muscadet, producing more than three-quarters of the region's entire production. (In contrast, the Muscadet-Coteaux de la Loire AOC only produces around 20% of the amount of wine of Muscadet-Sevre et Maine) In fact, more AOC Muscadet-Sevre et Maine is produced on a yearly basis than in any other single AOC in the entire Loire Valley.
The appellation is located east and south around the city of Nantes and is named after the rivers Sevre and Maine that flow through it. Vineyard soil composition varies throughout the region and can range from the granite and schist hillsides around the village of Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine to the predominately clay based soils of Vallet.
The most ideally situated vineyards are located around the villages of La Chapelle-Heulin, St-Fiacre, Vallet and Vertou Around 45% of the wine made Muscadet-Sevre et Maine is aged sur lie. The wines made in this style tend to be slightly fuller body and can have some of the texture and mouthfeel of a white Bourgogne AOC. Well made examples will have a balance of fruit, acidity and texture."