Domaine de la Noe has a history dating back over 100 years. In 1870, the Drouard family planted new vines in small holdings near the Noe' brook, shortly after the phylloxera epidemic devastated the vineyards of France. Over the following years, to the present day, the Domaine has grown and modernised, now comprising 60 hectares and modern winemaking facilities, to produce the finest possible wines. Muscadet is having a resurgence thankfully, spurred on by cracking examples such as this one.
The Melon de Bourgogne grapes are carefully harvested from vines averaging 35 years old.
After harvest the grapes are lightly pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. The wines spend an extended period of time on the lees before bottling, without racking or filtration.
The wine is a lovely, pale yellow colour with a very slight touch of gold. On the nose it is refreshing and elegant, with lemon citrus notes, lime and slightly richer notes of hazelnut and that characteristic yeasty flavour from being left on the lees. It is very elegant on the palate and aromatic. There is more citrus notes, lemon flesh and lime peel, with a long and lingering finish. A richness from being left to mature sur lie is very evident. A slightly fizzy finish to the wine adding further lightness.