Winegrower's portrait


In the heart of Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation , at le Fay d'Homme near Monnières, the Caillé family have been winegrowers for 5 generations.

Vincent Caillé, who took over the family vineyard in 1986, is part of a new generation of winegrowers who decided to pursue a policy of uncompromising quality. With the stubbornness of passion, he produces Muscadet Sevre et Maine of high expression. On different types of soils (gneiss, gabbro and orthogneiss), he works the land with tillage or natural grass. Grown "organically" since 1996, the vines blossom on living soils that have recovered their wild tulips, a protected species affected for a long time by chemical treatments in the region.

Vincent Caillé is one of the few winegrowers from Nantes who produces organic Muscadet, a true priesthood due to the oceanic climate and the propensity of Melon to welcome mildew. In the cellar, he vinifies his wines in the traditional way with indigenous yeast and long aging on lees. His wines are of remarkable density and sensitivity that restore the image of a resurgent appellation.

As he likes saying, Vincent Caillé plays his part, like the small hummingbird in the amerindian legend. This bird fly, friend of the flowers, was the only one to busy itself in front of the huge forest fire. All the animals terrified and appalled were watching the disaster helplessly. And only the small hummingbird was busy, fetching a few drops of water in its beak to throw onto the fire. After a while, the armadillo, annoyed by his trivial actions , told him "Hummingbird ! Are you crazy? Do you think you are going to put out the fire with these drops of water?" "I know", said the hummingbird, "but I'm playing my part" A nice little story for the committed winegrower who is in constant search of progress.

A timeless journey which is now written at 3. Vincent is happy to be able to pass on his know-how to his daughters, Clarisse and Emmanuelle...

Domain's presentation

Family estate for 5 generations

Location : Monnières, south east of Nantes,with extensions to Gorges, Maisdon-sur-Sèvre and Mouzillon

Area : 25 hectares

Use of the vineyard : organic certified (AB) 2010 and biodynamic certified (DEMETER) 2016 with horses and manual harvests

Grapes : melon de bourgogne, folle blanche (gros plant), gamay, abouriou, côt, cabernet.

Vinifications : indigeous yeasts, natural fermentation with no intrants, ageing in amphoras / barrels / stainless steel vats, light sulphiting at bottling

Agriculture Bio - BIOtiful wines Demeter - BIOtiful wines

Press review and awards

Guide vert de la Revue des Vins de France 2023 (92/10 Gorges 2019 - 92/100 Terre de Gneiss 2020 - 90/100 Monnières 2019)

JANCIS ROBINSON, DECANTER, Jamie Goode, Jon Bonné, The wine doctor by Chris Kissack, La Pipette aux Quatre vins (blog de Philippe Rapiteau), Le Rouge et Le Blanc, l'Humanité, guide Hachette, guide Gault et Millau, La Revue des vins de France, guide Bettane & Desseauve, le Point (Dupont), Saveurs, In Vino Veritas...