Domaine de la Combe
The Gadais family has been grape growers and winemakers in Muscadet for five generations near the village of Saint-Fiacre. In 2009, the family purchased Domaine de la Combe from Nelly Marzelleau, a third generation vignerons in the Pays Nantais.
The Domaine is located in the lieu dit of La Pétière in Saint-Fiacre with the word “Combe” referring to a topographical feature, somewhat like a valley, where the Domaine is situated. The vineyards are situated on the banks of the Sèvre river, with southern exposure, the only such lieu dit in the Saint-Fiacre village with this favorable aspect. The 12 hecatres of vineyards of Domaine de la Combe represent a monopole of their unique La Pétière terroir.
Pierre-Henri Gadais, fifth generation of the Gadais family, has taken the reigns as winemaker for the family’s new domaine. The vineyards are exclusively planted with Melon de Bourgogne on mainly schist soils with vines as young as 25 years old, with the oldest plantings dating back to 1929. Respectful of the land and the tradition of Muscadet wines, the vineyards are currently undergoing organic conversion. The wines are made with minimal intervention and fermentation with ambient yeasts.
Location: Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, France
Owner: The Gadais Family
Winemaker: Pierre-Henri Gadais
Age of estate: Est 2009