Louise Chéreau Vices & Vertus Orgueil Méthode Traditionnelle Brut NV

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Winemaker: Louise Chéreau

Appellation: Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, Loire Valley, France

Grape Varieties: Melon de Bourgogne

As the voice of the new generation at the Chéreau Carré winery in France’s Loire Valley, Louise Chéreau is shaking things up by creating fresh new expressions of traditional grapes and terroirs with her new line called Vices & Vertus. In this spirit, she’s releasing a bottle-fermented sparkling wine made with melon de bourgogne, the traditional grape of Muscadet. The fruit comes from 40-year-old vines at the winery’s Chasseloir estate, a prime location on the Maine river on schist soils. This wine shows off a different side of muscadet and hints at the immense potential of this region for sparkling wines.

Vinification – This sparkling wine is made entirely in-house using the méthode traditionelle. After initial fermentation in underground cement tanks, the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle and is aged on the lees for nine months. The dosage of 7g/L (Brut) was chosen to accent the freshness and aromatics and was done with grape must from estate fruit. The grapes all come from the 2018 harvest in the inaugural release of Orgueil. Disgorgement was done by hand at the winery on November 4, 2019. The liqueur de tirage is made from an older vintage of their Comte Leloup Muscadet.

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 focussing on the qualitative advancement of the Sèvre-et-Maine appellation through their exploration of their numerous single vineyards. Chéreau Carré has assembled some of the most prized old vineyards in the region, where they focus on the development of their Crus Communaux wines. 

The family winery is run by the father and daughter team of Bernard Chéreau, the second generation, and Louise Chéreau, the third. Their family’s origins reach back to the 11th century in the region and the founder of the winery, Bernard Chéreau senior, was the first to age Muscadet wines on lees, a method which 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 place an emphasis on this quality.