The Domaine Saint Nicolas, located in L’Ile d’Olonne in Vendée, next to the ocean, is an old disappearing vineyard that the Michon family has restarted since 1960. It is a 39 hectares family vineyard run by Thierry Michon. Thanks to its geographical position with the sea, the salt marsh and the forest, it benefits from a microclimate.
The different grape varieties, on clayey and schist soils are : Pinot Noir, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Négrette as far as red wines are concerned and Chenin, Chardonnay and Groslot Gris for the white wines production. The yield is 18 to 45 hl/ha.
Biodynamic methods have been introduced in 1993 and are applied to our whole vineyards since 1995.
The grape are all handpicked, carried in baskets then sorted out, pneumatic pressing, wine making in stainless vats for white and rosé wines. Red wines are matured in oak vats.
The vines produce some cuvées for a young consumption, which ave fruity and refreshing aromas. The keepers have more concentration.
Thierry Michon : « My philosophy is ti produce the best quality of wine for pleasure, with expression of their mineral identity and respect of the earth. »