The Estate: Pouilly-sur-Loire is located in the centre of France, on the Loire river, 200 Km in the South of Paris. Michelle and Jean-Michel Masson created Domaine Masson-Blondelet in 1975, being the sixth generation of wine producers in the family.
In 1980, they built a modern cellar dug underground with 3 levels to work by gravity. The Domaine is now 20 hectares in size, which are planted on the best sites in the heart of the Appellation. The vineyards which are on South and South-East facing slopes enjoy a micro-climate caused by the river Loire which protects them from the extreme variations in temperature.
Masson-Blondelet is famous for their constant effort to improve quality and to preserve soils, as they do not use any chemical fertiliser, nor weed-killer. Today, the children are taking over from their parents, Pierre-François is in charge of the viticultural side and the wine-making and Mélanie is responsible for the commercial activities. They are the seventh generation on the estate.
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