Forget your preconceptions that Muscadet should be drunk as fresh as possible. The finest can age for years and Jérôme Choblet’s Herbadilla 2007 from 100-year-old vines is perfection. From cru Côtes de Grandlieu, it is ripe, creamy, yet still fresh.
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Ample, rounded, creamy with crisp apple and peach. Very fresh
From the age of four Jérôme Choblet believed he was a vigneron, like four generations before him. He was inquisitive then and no less so now. He even has a few rows of vines in California and China. Just for fun! Jérôme completed three degrees – in viticulture, winemaking and business – before joining his father Luc and grandfather, and increasing the vineyards substantially. His most prized vines are in Côtes de Grandlieu, planted a century ago. It’s the most westerly Muscadet area and, despite being closest to the Atlantic, the warmest too. The soil is mica schist with sandy gravel and a pebbly topsoil – ideal for long-aged wines, with remarkable concentration and freshness. Over four years’ lees stirring has lent considerable complexity.
"Jérôme and Luc Choblet have not missed a beat in 2007. Infectiously delicious and superb value wines"
David Schildknecht Wine Advocate