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The wines of Domaine Saint Nicholas, Vendée, France

11 Rue des Vallées, 85 470 Brem Sur Mer, France
E-mail: contact@domaine-saint-nicholas.com Tel:  00 33 (0)2 51 33 13 04

This 33 hectare family-owned vineyard is owned by Thierry Michon, and has been running along biodynamic lines since 1993 (certified since 1995). It’s located on the Olonne island in the Vendée, on the coast, so it’s not really part of any major wine region – although you could say it is closest in style to bits of the Loire. Soils are clay and schist, supporting a range of varieties including Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Negrette (reds); Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Groslot Gris (whites). A stylish line up indeed, with some real high points.

Domaine Saint Nicholas ‘Les Clous’ 2004 AOVDQS Fiefs Vendéens Brem
A blend of Chenin and Chardonnay. Very youthful tasting with nice clean, slightly nutty fruit. Fresh and with good depth. Needs time. Very good+ 87/100

Domaine Saint Nicholas ‘Le Haut des Clous’ 2003 AOVDQS Fiefs Vendéens Brem
Chenin Blanc that has spent 1 year in 600 litre barrels. Fresh, slightly herby, cheesy nose is typical Chenin. Very expressive. The palate shows lovely, herby straw-like Chenin character. Fresh and pure with the oak not noticeable. Lovely weight. Very good/excellent 90/100

Domaine Saint Nicholas ‘Reflets Rouges’ 2004 AOVDQS Fiefs Vendéens Brem
90% Pinot Noir with 10% Cabernet Franc brought up in big foudres (4000 litres). Vivid fresh cherryish nose shows pure fruit. The palate is vivid and assertive with good acid, some spice, and grippy tannins. A vivid, fresh style with some potential for evolution. Very good+ 88/100

Domaine Saint Nicholas ‘Le Poiré’ 2003 AOVDQS Fiefs Vendéens Brem
Lovely vivid spicy intensity to the nose, which displays pure red and black fruits. Brooding and primary. The palate is vivid and dense with nice spiciness and good acidity. Very structured. A fantastic bold, full wine. Very good/excellent 93/100

Domaine Saint Nicholas ‘Jacques’ 2002 AOVDQS Fiefs Vendéens Brem
75% Pinot Noir, 25% Cabernet Franc. Bright coloured, this is a delicious vivid red wine. Pure, fresh cherryish fruit on the nose which is clean and quite alluring. The palate is dense, primary and vivid with lovely spicy, tannic depth. A substantial wine with great appeal. Very good/excellent 92/100

see also: series on biodynamic wines  

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