Domaine Jean Aubron

Loire, France

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L'Audigere
Vallet, Pays de la Loire, France

 

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Domaine Jean Aubron

At Jean Aubron, a Domaine that resides outside of Nantes, Jean-Pascal Aubron—a fourth generation vigneron—makes bone-dry Muscadet wines. And though the Muscadet-Sevre et Maine appellation allows for all Muscadet Sur Lie wines to contain three grams of residual sugar, and for all others to contain five grams, Jean-Pascal pushes his fermentations to the end, yielding wines with zero residual sugar that are dry and crisp with high acidity, and suitable for aging.

Introducing Domaine Jean Aubron

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 84ha, including 35ha 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, maintaining freshness, and keeping 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.

Fifteen years ago, Pascal began employing sustainable practices in the vineyard, practicing lutte raisonnee and avoiding chemical usage. Thirteen years ago, Pascal began letting cover-crop grass grow between his rows, to help fight mildew, which is a persistent issue due to the estate’s 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.