Jérémie Mourat, 2020 Update

You can’t rest on your laurels in a peripheral Loire Valley appellation such as the Fiefs Vendéens. The name of the appellation certainly isn’t going to help you sell your wines, not in the way that magic words such as Pomerol or Sancerre might. And that’s a shame, because these blends of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay, or Gamay, Pinot Noir and Négrette can be intriguing wines which are surely worthy of our attention.

Jérémie Mourat

Jérémie Mourat (pictured above) is one of a handful of dynamic vignerons working in the Fiefs Vendéens appellation who I have done my best to follow over the years. He has countered the disadvantages of working in these Ligérian backwaters by developing an interesting and multifaceted portfolio of wines which cover the whole spectrum from early-drinking vins de copains up to ageworthy and interesting cuvées in both white and red, led by Chenin Blanc from the Clos Saint-André and Pre-Phylloxerique, a cuvée of pure Négrette which, as the name suggests, comes from ancient pre-phylloxera vines.

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