Jean Pascal Aubron Folle Blanche

Regular price $24.00

Winemaker: Jean Pascal

Appellation: Loire Valley, France

Grape Varieties: 100% Folle Blanche

100% Folle Blanche Zippy and electric, this 100% Folle Blanche is harvested from 40+ year old vines, fermented in stainless, but unlike other Folle Blanches, is allowed to sit on its lees for a few months (time depends on vintage). Crisp and bright as the sun, with notes of lime zest and limestone, white flowers and a bit of beachy salinity. At Jean Aubron, a domaine in Vallet, outside of Nantes, near the Atlantic Coast, Jean-Pascal Aubron–a fourth generation vigneron–strives to make bone-dry wines like Muscadet, Folle Blanche and Sauvignon Blanc. And though the appellation allows for all Muscadet Sur Lie wines to contain 3 grams of residual sugar, and for all others to contain 5 grams, Jean-Pascal first and foremost pushes his fermentations to the end, to yield wines with zero residual sugar that are dry and crisp with high acidity, and suitable for aging. He is also firm in his belief that barely a minimal amount of SO2 is needed to keep his wines alive. Coming from a family that has worked to maintain and grow its presence in Loire, Jean-Pascal’s great grandfather worked as a vigneron in 1875, when the family’s holdings were at 11ha. Since 1983, Pascal has brought the domaine's holdings up to 84 ha., including 35 ha. of the acclaimed Clos de l'Audigere, which sits on gabbro soil, a
form of ancient volcanic rock that allows the vines to dig deep, picking up nutritional components along the way. By purchasing only smaller vineyards that are directly connected to his current vineyards, Pascal could keep the fruit as close to the winery as possible, to maintain its freshness, by avoiding sun contact and bruising, and to keep the grapes cool so that the wine is at its clearest after its been racked from its lees. To maintain this practice, no vineyard is located more than 15km from the winery.
In 2000, Pascal began employing sustainable practices in the vineyard, practicing lutte raisonnée and avoiding chemical usage. Then two years later, Pascal began letting cover-crop grass grow between his rows to help fight mildew, which is a persistent issue, due to their proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Currently, Pascal is experimenting organic farming, by working with a 5ha parcel, from the 35ha of Grand Fief de l'Audigere.

Since 1843, Jean Pascal Aubron’s family has been tending their vineyards around the town of Vallet, outside of Nantes, near the Atlantic Coast. They own 11 hectares (about 27.19 acres) of the acclaimed Grand Fief de l’Audigère, a lieux-dit which sits on gabbro (volcanic rock) deposits, allowing the full expression of the Melon de Bourgogne grape while maintaining its legendary acidity. This results in a beautiful, almost ethereal and very refreshing Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie. The Grand Fief de l’Audigère is a classified vineyard, its wines recognized for their quality for centuries. Jean Aubron uses traditional vinification methods, transferring the wines midway through the fermentation process to underground glass-lined tanks, where they finish and sit on their lees for between 6 to 10 months, depending on the year’s quality.