In the 1990's winemaker Jérôme Bretaudeau started working at Alain Gaubert's 25 hectares estate in Vallet. In conventional viticulture, he worked there as a chef de culture (vineyard director) for 13 years and learnt the ins and the out of winemaking. Later, in 2001, Jérôme took over the small family estate of 2 hectares in Gétigné and started working there on weekends and holidays. He finally set up in 2005 with 6 hectares of vineyards and did his first vintage that year.
Today, the estate has 9 hectares of vineyards spread on various appellations and towns (Gétigné, Cugand, Clisson and Vallet). The soils are made of silica pebbles, white and pink quartz and also some volcanic rocks (Gabbro, Granite) allowing strong minerality and complexity for the wines. The vines are old and various with unsual grape varieties for the Muscadet area (Chardonnay, Gamay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, etc.). Internships with Jo Landon and Guy Bossard gave him the taste for natural winemaking.
Thus, Jérôme is only working the vineyards according to organic principles (organic reconversion since 2009). In 2012, new chais were built in the domaine in order to improve the winemaking processes, looking towards future. Also, Jérôme has some projects of enlargement of the estate on the town of Clisson with new vineyards. Three things set him way apart from the rest and are the reason that his wines are so good; he harvests by hand, his vines yield only 35hl/ha (in a region where 90hl/ha is normal!) and he only uses the available natural yeasts for fermentation.
With traditional winemaking and a clever approach of his cuvées, Jérôme Bretaudeau is without doubt the most promising winemaker of the new Nantaise generation.