Domaine Chéreau Carré occupies one of the most privileged positions in the Loire-Atlantique department of France, in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine appellation, directly at the confluence of the two rivers. This family-owned winery has been an innovator since the 1960s by focusing on the qualitative advancement of the Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine appellation through their exploration of their numerous single vineyards.
The first terroir and family home is Château de Chasseloir, a vineyard with schist soils in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine appellation, right between Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine and Château-Thébaud, on the hillsides above the river Maine. The Château de Chasseloir farm was purchased in 1953 by Bernard Chéreau Senior. P’tit Loup is made from the younger Melon de Bourgogne vines (average age of 30 years) in front of the Château de Chasseloir estate. Hand-harvested grapes are brought to the Chasseloir vinification cellar, which is built in a deep cellar carved into the hillside. The work here is done exclusively by gravity, without the use of pumps, which can cause oxidation and decrease the aromatic potential of the wines, an attribute Bernard feels is important for the wines of Muscadet. For the same reason, only indigenous yeasts from the vineyard are used in fermentation.
Vinification – Manual harvest was conducted with great care taken to keep the grapes whole until they entered the press. After fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks with native yeasts, the wine is aged six months on the lees.