The domaine comprises approximately 13 hectares of vines, mostly Melon de Bourgogne although in recent years Marc has also been working with Abouriou (q.v. Elian da Ros and Marmandais). The soils are schistous, and many of the vines well over 50 years of age; for Miss Terre the vines are up to 80 years old. He works organically, labouring the soil and opting for 101irabel, essential oils and copper treatments over synthetic products. This ‘natural’ feel continues into the cellar where he uses a minimal amount of sulphur, with a single addition of about 20 mg only at the time of bottling. Miss Terre also udergoes malolatic fermentation, a process not normally associated with Muscadet.
The wine is initially muted on the nose, but it soon opens out to reveal some delightfully well defined and grippy fruit characteristics, with scents of pear and citrus pith, alongside elements of white pepper and also a very faint seam of bright, perfumed almond. The palate is quite exhilarating, with a deep texture, piles of almost sherbetty minerality and a rich, flavoursome substance. Underneath it all there is moderate acidity in keeping with the malolactic, and it is the bite of the minerally component that contributes most to the structure of the wine. The fruit has a savoury vein, and the wine a bright, vibrant, pithy finish, with an appealing bitterness to the fruit here.