Domaine de Bernier is an estate bottled wine from
the Couillaud brothers of Château de la Ragotière,
from vineyards just outside the appellation of
Muscadet. They are separated only by a small road
and the soil is almost identical to that of Muscadet,
a heavy clay with a little bit of chalk.
The wine is from 20 year old vines and 8% is barrel-
fermented in French oak, the remainder is aged
sur lie in tanks. The wine is then bottled in the month
This is 100% Chardonnay and entirely estate bottled.
The annual productions is approximately
15,000 cases. This is one of the few chardonnay
vin de pays appellations that originates in the Loire
and therefore has a much higher acidity.
Here’s what the critics have had to say about past
vintages of Domaine de Bernier Chardonnay:
“We’ve carried this wine for the past four vintages. It’s a little
unusual, in that it is a Chardonnay from the Loire Valley, an
area better known for Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc.
Round, buttery and rich, it’s downright delicious.”
Terry Rogers-Horseneck Wine and Liquor,
in FOOD & WINE
“This wine, made outside of Muscadet by one of that
appellation’s high quality producers, the Couillauds, does a
fine job of impersonating a Chablis. There is enough
Chardonnay character to please fans of that varietal, but the
real hallmark of this wine is its crisp, elegant, steely, mineral,
and citrusy personality. It is impossible to find a wine of this
type from California, Australia, or South America. A refreshing,
lively wine, it will drink beautifully with light fish dishes,
or served as an aperitif.” - Robert M. Parker, Jr, THE WINE ADVOCATE