Topping off an impressive package is the marvellous label designed by legendary French illustrator, Michel Tolmer (of Mimi, Fifi and Glouglou fame).
Jo Landron is not a fan of using Muscadet's Melon de Bourgogne for sparkling wine, preferring instead a blend of around 75% Folle Blanche (grown on sandy clay), with a balance of Pinot Noir (grown on gravelly soils). Vine age varies between 18 and 30 years. The yields are typically between 50 and 60 hl/ha--far lower than the average yields in Champagne. The base wines are fermented naturally and then go through a traditional second fermentation in bottle, where they remain for a minimum of 24 months. The dosage is a low five grams per litre. On top of all this, the fruit for this cuvée is from a single vintage (2018 in this case).
This list of attributes sounds like the winegrowing and making approach of a top grower in Champagne, not a humble Muscadet producer! It's no surprise then that the result is a wine of impressive depth and complexity. Expect a super-mineral, earthy, rocky wine with waves of racy citrus and fresh nectarine fruit and lots of flinty, talc-like, salty complexity, then a delicious lick of smoky Pinot breadiness to close. This is simply one of the finest sparkling bargains going around.
" As always this is officially non-vintage (although Jo tells me it is 2017) and is mostly Folle Blanche. It is made in the extra brut style using the méthode traditionnelle. Jo will add a little dosage at disgorgement during the first 24 months, but later disgorgements such as this one receive no such support. It has a fragrant floral nose, filled with chalk, orange and peach, in a ripe and expressive style. The palate maintains an even more exotic stance, with plush fruit, the wine's broad texture here offset by an incisive mousse and punchy acidity. A lovely style." 93 points, Chris Kissack, The Wine Doctor