Domaine des Herbauges, 2021 Update
It is always exciting to taste the first releases of any new vintage, and in the Loire Valley those first tastes almost always concern Muscadet. It didn’t seem likely that I would be tasting many this year though, with travel prohibited and tastings cancelled, so I am grateful to Jérôme Choblet of Domaine des Herbauges for sending me a half-dozen samples of the 2020 vintage, all drawn from cuve and whisked by international carrier to my address in Scotland.
For the past six or seven years I have met up with Jérôme every January, in order to taste his latest releases. It provides not only an informative view of his wines, but also of how the vintage panned out across the region as a whole. If I were allowed only one word to describe the domaine and its wines, it would be consistency. Year-in, year-out, in vintages strong or weak, Jérôme turns out a handsome range of wines imbued with plump white fruits and an undeniable sense of freshness. This is as true of the domaine in 2020 as it is in any other vintage.