Project Description

Chéreau Carré

Le Sillon des Braudières Clisson

Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine 2018

Chéreau Carré Le Sillon des Braudières Clisson Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine 2018

The Chéreau Carré winery is run by the father and daughter team of Bernard Chéreau, the second generation, and Louise Chéreau, the third. Their family origins in the region reach back to the 11th century. The founder of the winery, Bernard Chéreau, Sr., was the first to age Muscadet wines on lees, a method that became an integral part of the appellation in 1977. Both father and son pioneered bottle-aged Muscadet meant to improve with time in the cellar, and they were the first in the region to emphasize this quality. Louise Chéreau is carrying that vision into the future, continuing the family philosophy of focusing on Muscadet Crus Communaux, single vineyards, long aging, and absolute quality. 

Le Sillon des Braudière Clisson has been produced by the Chéreau Carré family since 2015 in the castle of La Turmelière, an old property situated in Château-Thébaud along the Maine River. Le Sillon des Braudière is a single vineyard in the zone of Clisson, part of the Muscadet Crus Communaux designation.

Melon de Bourgogne vines are planted near Sillon de Bretagne,  a geologic fault line with Brittany at the point where the terroirs of Clisson and Château Thébaud diverge. 

Clisson, which lies a little southeast of Nantes, is one of ten villages certified in the classification of Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine called Crus Communaux, produced from low-yield vineyards and aged a minimum of 24 months on the fine lees. Clisson was first recognized as a Cru in 2011. The coarse topsoils of sand and pebbles offer excellent drainage and low fertility, while the subsoil is mostly composed of “Clisson granite.” The fractured granitic mother rock allows roots to run deep.

The winery’s goal is to produce exceptional terroir-based wines capable of improving in bottle for many decades.

Vinification – After hand-harvest, alcoholic fermentation occurs in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation, the wine ages on the lees for 35 months in underground cement tanks before bottling. Wines age in bottle at the winery for two to five years before being released. The wine is produced only in the best years.

  • Site: Le Sillon des Braudières

  • Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne

  • Vine Age: Vines planted from 1940 to 1980

  • Soil: Granite

  • Vinification: Fermented in stainless steel

  • Aging: 35 months on the lees in underground cement vats, two to five years in bottle

  • Farming: Ecologic – Certified Haute Valeur Environnementale (HVE) Level 3

  • Vegan: Yes

  • ABV: 12%

  • Suggested Retail: $36.00