Meet the producer: Benoit Landron
Father-and-son team Bernard and Benoit (part of the great Landron clan) farm around 25 hectares to the north-east of Nantes. Organic since 2010, they have a patchwork of vineyards mostly situated around the towns of Ligne and Udon. Soils are mostly a mix of decomposed volcanic material; mica schist, granite and gneiss. Benoit started making Pet-Nat in 2013 and has proved to be rather good at it.
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Benoît and Bernard Landron
32 ha, organic (certified)
COUNTRY, REGION, SUBREGION
France, Nantes, Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire & Coteaux d’Ancenis
Based North-East of Nantes, third generation winemaker Bernard Landron and his brother Jo Landron started winemaking and initially in bulk.
It wasn’t until 2010 when Bernard’s son Benoît returned from University after studying viticulture and oenology, they converted to organic. In 2017 they moved to the town of Oudon to farm the 25 hectares of vines and open a new cellar, and they now have 35 hectares in total.
They have a mix of varieties planted, including Melon de Bourgogne, Folle Blanche, Pinot Gris, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2013 Benoît started making sparkling wines, producing a selection of lively and bright Pet-Nats.
They make wines with freshness and personality; expressing the diverse mix of soils that Muscadet offers – roundness from gneiss, more minerality from schist.
Benoît’s flagship fizz, the balance of white and red grapes gives this a subtle red fruits flavour, but still extremely fresh and easy going with balanced acidity.
A juicy, easy going, pale-pink sparkling that’s perfect for a summer’s evening
A surprise addition to the family in 2016, Gamay de Bouze adds a deep colour to the wine without too much structure.