Loire additions for Domaine Direct

18 October, 2013

Burgundy specialist Domaine Direct has added two Loire growers to its portfolio – Domaine David in Muscadet and Domaine Tinel-Blondelet in Pouilly-Sur-Loire.

Family-run Domaine David has 25ha of vineyards in Muscadet, and is supplying Domaine Direct with its Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie Les Barboires 2012 (rrp £10.50). The wine is made from 30-year-old Melon de Bourgogne vines in Gabbro soils, cold-settled, fermented in stainless steel tanks at 18ºC and matured on its fine lees for at least six months.

Domaine Tinel-Blondelet is supplying two Pouilly-Fumé cuvées – Genetin and L’Arrêt Buffatte. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are vinified in stainless steel tanks and matured on their lees in the tank. 

Pouilly-Fumé Genetin 2012 (rrp £16.99) is made from grapes from vineyards in the village of Bouchot, planted on soils of small pebbles of Villiers limestone, while L’Arrêt Buffatte 2012 (rrp £17.50) comes from a south-west facing vineyard of 35-year-old vines planted on Kimmeridgian marl soils, and is made with regular lees-stirring.

Domaine Direct already had Loire wines from Sancerre, Menetou-Salon, Touraine and Cheverny in its portfolio.




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