Domaine de Bellevue, Granite « Clos des Perrières », AOC Muscadet, France
Jérôme Bretaudeau spent 13 years with the winemaker Alain Gaubert as vineyards manager. In 2001, he moved to the Domaine de Bellevue, in Grétigné in the Pays Nantais. At the time, he exploited the 2 hectares of vines which he had inherited from his father. Today, the 15-hectare vineyard is divided into white (10 hectares) and red (5 hectares).
Jérome Bretaudeau is known for his extravagance, both in the grape varietieshe cultivates and in the winemaking techniques he uses. He is the owner of Melon de Bourgogne vines (90%), as well as Chardonnay, Savagnin, Folle Blanche, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Gris, which are rather rare in Nantes. In red, the distribution is 40% Cabernet Franc, 12% Gamay noir with white juice, 40% Merlot, 20% Pinot Noir and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon. He experiments a lot and has stainless steel tanks, tuns, barrels, concrete eggs and amphorae for his vinification and aging.
Granite 'Clos des Perrières' is made from Melon de Bourgogne, cultivated on a loamy-sandy soil made up of granite. The wine is aged for several months on the lees.