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Chereau Carre

Chéreau Carré is located in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine appellation of the Loire-Atlantique department in France. The winery was founded in the 1960's by Bernard Chéreau and is now run by the founder’s son and granddaughter, Bernard [named after his father], and Louise Chéreau. The family’s origins in the area date back to the 11th century. Bernard Senior was the first to age Muscadet wines on lees, and pioneered this bottle-ageing process as an emphasis on quality. They have two old single vineyard sites planted with Melon de Bourgogne, the traditional grape of Muscadet. Their 5 hectare home plot Chasseloir Vineyard has over 100 year old vines planted on schist soils; these are the oldest vines in the Muscadet region. Here at their 15th century family home, they also have the only underground cellar in the region. The 10 hectare Château de l'Oiselinière de la Ramée Vineyard is planted directly at the confluence of the Sèvre and Maine Rivers on schist and orthogenesis soils with 40 year old and 80 year old vines. They also farm the Cantrie Vineyard which is has 11 hectares on a terraced hillside - the only site in the region steep enough to grow vines in this way. This diversity of terroirs allows for a comprehensive range of styles, and Chéreau Carré is one of the leading producers of Muscadet. The Chéreau family also own two other estates in the village of Basse-Goulaine not far from Nantes: Château de la Chesnaie where Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie, and white rosé and red Loire wines are produced and Domaine du Bois Bruley where they make Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie and Gros Plant du Pays Nantais.