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Not far from the Atlantic coastline, in the land of Muscadet and oysters, is the eight hectare domaine of Jérôme Bretaudeau. After fifteen years of working for wineries in the region, he scraped enough tanks and barrels together to begin his own cellar. Now he is cultivating ten different varietals in diverse soils near his home. Jérôme is a large, quiet man, set on working hard to get the best he can from his domaine. He has a mind for organic practices and traditional wine making. He has a clever approach to his cuvee selection as well. Rather than selecting only from ‘lieu dit’ sites, he harvests by age of vine per each soil type. This way he can learn what each vine will bring to his cellar as they come to age. He replants by massale selection, to keep his clones growing in their rightful home. He knows his two best soils are hiding in the earth here, too: gabbrox from ancient volcanic activity (very raw in texture in the wine) and older granite/schist (for a rounder expression) are his two priorities. Jérôme is an intelligent young vigneron, learning while he builds his new domaine.