Domaine de la Bregeonnette is situated in the heart of Muscadet country, near Vallet. Stephane Orieux’s father Joseph chose to farm organically in the 1960s and his son continues the tradition. Stephane has striven to raise the perceived status of Muscadet from the quotidien to the pleasingly unexpected and has succeeded beyond a doubt.
His Muscadets all possess the requisite acidity of the region but have an added level of florality and chipped stone, giving them the ability to dance alone. The Gros-Plant of the domaine – also known as ‘Folle Blanche’ – pleads for oysters. The mist of the neighboring Atlantic is evident on the nose and the lowering tide retreats on the palette.
His cabernet franc is relatively light by Loire standards, but within its garnet hue lives the earthiness and spice so associated with the varietal. A red that would pair beautifully with grilled salmon with capers or roasted fowl.