30 to 70 years
Granite and Schist
From vines grown on a soft and stony soil, the hills of Chateau de la Jousseliniere have a typical terroir of the Nantes region. Deep development of the roots in the broken schist of the soil confers a great structure to the wine. The Chon brothers (winemakers) practice organic viticulture in a patchwork of crus that show the subtle but clear distinctions of terroir that exist in this popular but little-understood area. They make impeccably clean, vividly expressive wines at reasonable prices, and have been hailed by David Schildknecht as offering exceptional quality and value.
The Chon family were originally Burgundian winegrowers during the mid-late 17th century before Mathurin Chon left for ‘la Cote Atlantique’ in 1719, no doubt with an armful of ‘Melon de Bourgogne‘ cuttings, to set up among the Pays Nantais at St. Julien de Concelles.
Nearly three centuries later his descendants Gilbert Chon and Fils continue the family tradition with 60 hectares of vines on granite and schist soils. From his plantings of Melon de Bourgogne, some planted during the 1930s, Jean-Gilbert Chon produces four styles of Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, and also has planted Rolle Blanche, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Viticulture and vinification are traditional, using glass/epoxy lined cement tanks; organic and biodynamic approaches are being considered.