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HERVE AND NICOLAS CHOBLET

Winegrowers since 4 generations

International recognition


Due to our hard work in the vineyard and in the cellar, we won every years, several medals in the international challenges and very good reviews all over the world.

Vintage 2016



Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu sur lie 2016: A tank sample, due to be bottled March 2017. Orange zest, and a salty-mineral backbone. On the palate an exuberant substance, with charming fruit. The fruit on the palate is similarly delightful, all yellow peach, orange zest and kumquat too, with some veins of crunchy mineral and a little minty freshness as well. Deliciously vibrant and full, and set to offer good value too.

15-16/20


Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu sur lie Le Pavillon 2016:  A fresh and salty character, a very broad confidence, overall an imposing start. The palate is expressive, with white-peach fruit entwined within veins of peach leaf and mint, both musky and minerally at the same time. Lightly bitter, with a fresh and very long character on the finish. Very good potential, but very primary at the moment. 16-17/20


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Gros Plant du Pays Nantais sur lie 2016:  AThis has a fresh, open and quite pungent nose, with a tense minerally character. Fresh and pure, filled with peach-leaf fruit. A fuller style than is often the case, in this warmer vintage, but with fresh acidity and some good tension to it as well. A salty-mineral vein, pithy, bright and very correct. This will make a good seafood wine. 15-16/20 


Grolleau Gris (VdP du Val de Loire) 2016: The usual grassy, sandy but also musky nose that seems to typify this cuvée. Just bottled two weeks ago. A fresh palate, with grassy fruit, leafy and fresh, the greener style and acidity balanced by 5 g/l residual sugar. There is a little pine needle character to the fruit as well. An attractive, straightforward style, for summer drinking. 14.5/20


Sauvignon Blanc (VdP du Val de Loire) 2016:  At the time of tasting this was still in tank, although bottling was scheduled for March 2017. A really quite pungent Sauvignon nose, grassy, with scents of greengage and box tree. There is an undeniable varietal thiol character here, which dominates the palate as well as the nose, with a very fresh substance, a powdered chalky character, plenty of vigour, and a soft texture.  14.5-15.5/20 

Vintage 2017


Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu sur lie 2017: This comes from a blend of several vineyards, the vines aged 35 years on average. I suspect it will be bottled in March. It kicks off with a very classic nose, with scents of green pear skin, thyme and salt, with a ripe and musky freshness. The palate has a supple polish, with ripe white pear fruit, spiced with bright notes of green apple, verbena and sage. A nicely concentrated palate for an entry-level wine. Good. 91-93/100 

Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu sur lie Le Pavillon 2017:From a single vineyard, this will be bottled in March. This has a musky and aromatic nose, presenting citrus fruits detailed with a minerally-quartzy edge. There is a fine structure here, with attractive balance, energy and freshness. It shows a more confident mineral vein than the domaine cuvée, with a quartz-like charm. Concentrated, substantial, with a fresh and bitter finish. A very fine style. 92-94/100 


Gros Plant du Pays Nantais sur lie 2017: From this ever-reliable domaine, this speaks clearly of its Atlantic origins, with a salty tinge to the sandy, grassy and green pear-skin notes. This is followed by a very cool, lemony, pine-needle character on the palate, showing an attractive freshness, backed up by a lithe texture, overall very typical of the variety. It concludes with a sappy and confident finish. This will be bottled in March 2018. 87-89/100 


Grolleau Gris (VdP du Val de Loire) 2017: Here we have a fine citrus-pith nose, with a leafy freshness, as well as a little peach-skin character. This is followed by a really charming style on the palate, with a little flesh from the 7 g/l residual sugar, providing a cushion for the bitter peach-skin and pear-skin notes. Overall it is supple, easy-going, but it has a good shape and frame on the palate, and for an easy drinking vin de soif this has a really correct style. This will be bottled in February 2018. 89-91/100 

Sauvignon Blanc (VdP du Val de Loire) 2017: Here we have a very expressive nose, bright and open, leaning towards varietal pungency, with scents of greengage and yellow creamed capsicum, along with veins of mint and verbena. There has been a little skin contact here, and a cool fermentation at 18C. A fresh style on the palate, with a little plump polish to it, and pine needle, mint and verbena notes. An attractive, easy-drinking style. This will be bottled in February 2018. 89-91/100 

Grolleau Rosé (VdP du Val de Loire) 2017: This is made by pressurage direct, with no maceration. A quite lovely salmon-pink-orange hue here. An interesting nose of sweet peach and strawberry fruits, with the sandy overlay of the region and the soils. The palate shows the same character, slightly leafy, certainly grainy and sandy, with a soft and short finish. An attractive, easy-drinking rosé, this is already in bottle and is ready to go. 89/100 

Merlot Rosé (VdP du Val de Loire) 2017: This is vinified in the same manner as the Grolleau Rosé, by pressurage direct. Fragrant peach-skin notes on the nose, and fresh scents of peach leaf too. There is a more substantial palate to this, fresh, albeit with lightly candied strawberry fruits, all in all a rather typical style for a rosé made using Merlot. It culminates in a lifted and slightly sweet finish. Overall, a little firm, and a rather straightforward style. 87/100 

  

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CUVEES SIGNATURE ET ORIGINE

Signature du Haut Bourg 2013 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This cuvée sees an intermediate amount of time on the lees before bottling, usually about four years. This vintage is no exception, it having been bottled in December 2017, so about 50 months sur lie. The nose is quite classic for the style, all white peach and waxy vanilla, with a desiccated citrus fruit concentration, gently creamed rather than sharply defined. This sits well with the gently composed palate, which carries smoky, minerally, creamed white orchard fruits, with a pithy energy and freshness, and a long, concentrated and polished length. From a 2018 update. 94/100

Signature du Haut Bourg 2012 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This vintage was bottled in May 2016, after approximately 44 months on the lees. A wonderful matchstick reductive character on the nose, those lees clearly having done their work, with a mineral note behind. I get the same confident character on the palate, with supple fruit wrapped all around it, fresh and pure, yet it is also loaded with energy, all mineral seams and fresh acidity, giving it a juicy, open, welcoming character. This is seriously impressive, quite succulent, charming and yet structured and poised. Wow. From a 2017 update. 18/20

Origine du Haut Bourg 2012 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This is the ultra-long-lees-aged cuvée, bottled in December 2017, after 63 months sur lie. Normally Nicolas and Hervé like to keep this cuvée on the lees of about ten years, but they felt this richer vintage was showing a faster evolution than the norm, so they decided to bottle it earlier than usual. Indeed, the aromatic profile is very distinctive. While its appearance in the glass does not raise any suspicion, the wine showing a polished, pale lemon-straw hue, the nose is quite striking, a very expressive and rich style, with scents of grilled peach and sweet, lightly honeyed quince. The palate is fresh, but bold and concentrated, pure and bright, but with a very broad, vinous, sinewy texture, carrying flavours of sweet peach skin, with a flourish of quince like the nose, lightly dusted with quartzy minerals. Overall, a charming wine. From a 2018 update. 95/100

Signature 2010 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This has spent 51 months sur lie. A perfumed, sherbet-tinged, delicately minerally nose here, lightly lifted by this vein. The palate follows a similar style, being fresh, poised, with a bright, lightly floral character. There is texture here, a nicely poised substance on the palate, with a good minerally undercurrent to it, as well as energy and freshness. That little floral note persists at the edges. Grippy and poised. Good. From a Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu at Twenty Years tasting. 16.5/20

Signature 2009 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : From 45-year old vines. One of the long lees-aged cuvées. Bottled December 2012, after three years on the lees in traditional subterranean tank. Harvested 15 days after other pickings to give more depth. The nose is fresh, open, with good polished style, solid minerality coming through. The palate is firm, correct, stylish and fairly full. There is a stack of mineral character here, such energy and a precise definition. Piles of potential, and this is quite long too. 16.5/20

Origine du Haut Bourg 2009 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : Nicolas Choblet feels this vintage has a more classic style than the rather rich 2012, nevertheless he elected to bottle it in December 2017, after 99 months sur lie. It does indeed feel more classically styled on the nose than the 2012, with a perfumed mineral maturity, albeit resting on a bed of glossy, desiccated peach. This carries through very nicely onto the palate, which shows a very fine-boned mineral and acid presence, with an impressive freshness and balance for the vintage, underpinning floral white-peach fruit, as well as some lees-aged notes of polished white almond and lightly dried orchard fruits. A long and confident finish, showing real substance here. From a 2018 update. 95/100

Origine du Haut Bourg 2007 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This vintage has seen out the 120 months sur lie that seems 'traditional' chez Choblet. It was bottled in July 2017. This has a quite striking nose, displaying an impressive crystalline definition to the fruit, and this comes across wonderfully on the palate, with a cleanly defined fruit profile which calls to mind dried peach and dried apple, with a little edge of sweet richness, but always balanced by that incisive 2007 acidity. I like very much the little minerally, salty substance it reveals in the midpalate, and the very long finish. This has an impressive composition, polished, sinewy, but bright. I think this should continue to evolve very nicely in bottle. Impressive. From a 2018 update. 96/100

Signature 2006 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : A pale golden yellow. Aromatically there are polished yellow golden fruits, showing signs of age but this is in no way 'mature'. There are notes of yellow peach and brioche. The palate conveys this richness on first taste, but it is followed up by a dry entry into the midpalate, before it unfolds to reveal plenty of lively acid and vibrant, crunchy minerality. The substance is not as richly embellished as the nose first suggested, the frame of the wine very secure, crisply defined, but as it builds through the middle it does show a fine confidence, with nuances of citrus fruits and pear coming through, that certainly holds appeal. This is true in the finish as well, which is grippy and shows some dry, appealingly bitter length. A good wine in what was a difficult vintage for the region, with a wet harvest giving difficulties akin to those just seen in 2011. 16.5/20

Origine du Haut Bourg 2006 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : A sample from cuve. To be bottled in June 2016, after close to ten years on the lees. Aromatically this has a very pure, perfumed style, very elegant, with white pear fruit and a sherbetty citrus zest. The palate shows a little more minerally substance than the 2005, very nicely polished, with pear skin and peaches. Lots of incisive character, a fresh minerally seam and some nicely balanced acids. A long, clean, thoroughbred finish. Splendid potential here; it will be fascinating to revisit this after bottling; while it doesn't have the confidence of the 2005, it has a touch more minerality. From a 2016 update. 17.5/20

Origine du Haut Bourg 2005 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This has seen out ten years sur lie, and has been in bottle for one month. Note the subtly rearranged name. An appealing, lightly yellow-gold colour. The nose has dried fruits, polished citrus concentration, and lovely floral, honeyed-acacia notes. The palate has a very vinous, elegant composure, with softly polished citrus fruits, a beautifully seamless texture, a melding of citrus and white peach fruit, with vanilla flower and acacia nuances, all underpinned by a fine frame of fresh acidity. A very impressive cuvée indeed. From a 2015 update. 17.5/20

Origine 2003 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : From vines planted in 1944 by their grandfather. This vintage has seen out ten years on its lees. Bottled September 2013. White peach, vanilla flowers, white stone here. This seems fresh and bright which is impressive for the vintage. The palate is richly polished, textured, with a very broad palate, soft and open in the style of the vintage, but there is a good minerally substance underneath, well hidden by the textured orchard-fruit richness, and bright acids too. A fine composition, with a long, incisive finish. Appealing, and true to the vintage style. From a 2014 update. 16.5/20

Origine 2002 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : Once released from the bottle this wine demonstrates a pale lemon-gold hue in the glass. And it has a quite remarkable nose, rich and impressively full, and yet vibrant and bright. The fruit character is very exuberant, but also clean and well defined, with orange zest, sherbet, honeysuckle and yellow peach aromas all in evidence. Later on, with a little more exposure to the air, it shows more complex fruit notes, slightly more tropical, with hints of pineapple even. On the palate it is pure and defined at the start, with fabulous depth and a firm minerality coursing through beneath the vibrant citrus fruits. There is a lemony cut to it but there is no denying the substance. This gives it a lemon-cream feel, a slight hint of richness but nothing too polished or honeyed, the midpalate maintaining a precision and beautifully poised balance. It has a delicious length too, the finish just going on and on. A super style here, proof that there is life beyond the Sèvre et Maine appellation. For label images and more see my Wine of the Week write-up. 17.5/20

Origine 2001 Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu : This is the cuvée that is aged ten years sur lie, renamed Origine in the 2002 vintage. Lovely, lightly polished face cream and pear skin character. On the palate it shows the richness and breadth of the extended lees aging, with great composition. Full of depth, texture, acid definition and fine, face cream and white peach character, with a characteristic streak of bitterness. Very good indeed. From a Muscadet tasting in the Maison des Vins de Nantes, hosted by InterLoire. 17/20