Domaine Saint Nicolas sits at the extreme southern end of the Loire delta, just south of Muscadet. Fièfs Vendéens is a tiny viticultural area right on the Atlantic; the wines of Saint Nicolas are all about the place, in this case, the soil (slate, schist and silex) and the sea. Thierry Michon works old vines of Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Groslot, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Negrette, and Cabernet Franc. He fanatically farms biodynamically, and has taken the added step of purchasing parcels of land around his vineyards to work as buffer zones against the non-organic compounds some of his neighbors might use. He is one of the few winemakers in the region to age his wines in barrel. The wines of Saint Nicolas are pure like a new sheet of glass, and evocative of the sea and the mineral laden soils upon which the vines are grown.
Importer note: Named after Thierry Michon’s grandfather, Cuvée Jacques is a cuvée of Pinot Noir from schist soils with southwestern exposure. These parcels benefit from more sunlight but also greater exposure to the persistent, cool maritime winds from the Atlantic. Jacques is a silky, dark and spicy wine with hints of herbs and leather that is perfectly suited to meat and game.
Biodynamic, "silky, dark, & spicy" Pinot Noir. Aged 12 months in French demi-muids, bottled unfined ..
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