Jo Landron Muscadet Sevre et Maine "Le Fief du Breil" 2011

Muscadet. It falls into a catagory for me of "little black dress". It's not boring, but classic. Everyone needs one. And so, there are wine regions in our wine lives that are the "little black dresses".  The region of Muscadet is very much one of these regions. It is sophisticated, versatile and timeless and Jo Landron is one of our favorites. 

Jo makes site specific cuvees (like his neighbor and another producer we love - Guy Bossard) so that the wines really do represent terroir. He does all the other stuff we love too - low yield, natural fermentations, hand harvesting and farms organically/biodynamically. We also love his mustache, but we digress at every mention of it. 

So, the cuvee Le Fief du Breil is from a vineyard of the same name. Muscadet Sevre et Maine can include wines that have been aged on the lees for a period of time. How long is up to the winemaker. Fief is aged a bit longer than most staying in contact with its lees from 14 to 24 months. Each vintage and each wine Jo makes will be different.  For 2011, we can't say for certain it's aging, but it's what makes the wine so wonderfully floral and slightly "weighty" for muscadet. Fief can certainly age for a period of time because of this extended lees aging. We like it now and look forward to it in time. 

Made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne that's 40 years old, Le Fief du Breil is floral, apple-y and racy with lots of minerals, hot stones and brine. It's just lovely and we look forward to cellaring a few bottles to check it out in a few years. 

Landron Muscadet Sevre et Maine "Le Fief du Breil" 2011  $23/btl 

meet the winemaker

Jo Landron
I have met Jo only once. His mustache was remarkable. He, however, seemed shy and quiet. As I look back over his work via the internet I find that he seems quite gregarious and I possibly caught him on a day when he was feeling contemplative. I enjoyed our talk immensely and have loved his wines ever since our chat years ago. To find information about him in English has been difficult so I give you a well written piece from The French Wines Report:

Jo took control of the family domaine in 1990. He learned to farm the land with his father during a period of 12 years. From this experience he formed the certain view that “natural” viticulture, just like the ancients used, is the best way for him to produce his wines. His philosophy, driven by the conviction that the essence of a great Muscadet is expressed through the minerality of its terroir (a view shared by his fellow friend, Guy Bossard), allows us to put forward some of the dynamic, distinctive and mineral Muscadet wines. All of the vineyards are farmed organically (using biodynamic practices) with very high density (8000 per acre) to naturally control yields. The cuvees are the result of the unique expression of soil types that are found through the vineyards. 

He was honest and true and the wines are too.