Located in the heart of Le Pallet, the old Saint Jean Chapel used to be named La Chapelle des Templiers, as les templiers (Night Templars) used to live there. Since then, inhabitants of Le Pallet refer to the Château du Pallet as “Château des Templiers.” Today the Vignerons du Pallet produce Château des Templiers Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur lie. The terroir, comprised of sandstone and gneiss, is unique to France, producing a distinctive wine.
Location of Vineyard
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, the largest and most important region for high quality Muscadet, covers twenty-three communes to the southeast of Nantes. It’s named after the two rivers that cross the vineyards: the Petite Maine and the Sèvre Nantaise. Much of the appellation lies on the slopes of the river with well-drained, sandy and gravelly soils.
Le Pallet is one of only three communes in Muscadet to be given a “cru communal” status by the national institute of origin and quality in 2011 (along with Clisson and Gorges). In the cru village of Le Pallet, a warmer microclimate joins with shallow, stony soils, known locally as Gabbros, to promote early and full ripening of fruit.
A brief cold soak and cool fermentation in stainless steel preserves varietal freshness and preserves the quality of the unique terroir. An additional period of aging on the lees adds further texture and grace to this classic French white.