Domaine des Trois Toits

Country of Origin: France
Location: Vertou, Muscadet
People: Hubert Rousseau, Owner & Winemaker
Viticulture: Practicing Organic


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Domaine des Trois Toits was built on the old foundation of an ancient abbey established in the 17th century. The cave is built entirely of stone, and its roof is marked by three peaks – thus its name: “Trois Toits” or three roofs. Hubert Rousseau’s holdings encompass twenty seven hectares and are divided into three plots: Clos de la Nicoliere (15 hectares), Clos de la Louée (7 hectares), and Clos du Bézier (5 hectares). The vineyards are well situated as they are each in the immediate proximity of the winery; they are also all within the confines of the village of Vertou, which is the first commune devoted to the vine as one leaves the city of Nantes in a southerly direction. Vertou is traversed by the Sevre River, which gives its name to the appellation: Muscadet de Sevre et Maine.

The major part of the vineyards (24 hectares) are planted to the Melon grape and produce the fine Muscadet of the domaine. There is a hectare planted to La Folle Blanche from which Rousseau produces a small amount of Gros Plant. There are two hectares planted to Gamay and Abouriou which produce a Vin de Pays.

The soil is dominated by Gneiss with the parcels in Louée and Bézier being particularly rocky and spare. They produce small yields, which result in powerful and structured wines. The soils of La Nicoliere are somewhat more generous, and the wines from this site are usually more fruity and fine. Rousseau is a signatory to the charter of lutte raisonnée, which obliges him to strictly respect the environment and severely restricts the treatments in the vineyards.