Véronique Günther Chereau showed two – a Gorges, which has been officially recognised, and a Monnières Saint Fiacre, whose recognition is still in the pipeline and seems to have been for an inordinately long time. Both spent 36 months on the lees and showed well but will be even better with some more time in bottle.
Véronique told me that she is finding an increasing demand for the these wines – both in France and on exports markets like the USA and Belgium and they have doubled the volume of the cru communaux they now produce.
I wasn't surprised to learn that the UK isn't showing the same interest – sadly we remain a market that is too focused on price. Yes the cru communaux are a little more expensive than most Muscadets but for their quality and complexity they are great value.
I was also impressed by the texture of the 2013 Clos de l'Alouette, Domaine Plessis Glain from vines planted on schist. It spent 18 months on the lees and although a little tight in the finish at the moment clearly has potential.