Patrice Michon settled in Brem-Sur-Mer after inheriting several acres of vines from his father. The vineyard is now in its third generation and continues to be involved in reviving the wines of Brem and making them famous. In 1995, Thierry Michon introduced biodynamic methods to the whole vineyard. He’s now working with his two sons, Antoine and Mickael. Their philosophy is as follows: "We provide highly quality wines which are the pure incarnation of a unique land and benefit from an exceptional microclimate. We conduct our whole vineyard according to the principles of Biodynamics, thus respecting our balanced and privileged environment."
Due to its proximity to the ocean, Domaine Saint-Nicolas benefits from a micro-climate that is influenced by the sea, woodland and the marshes of the Ile d’Olonne. The vines are planted facing south-west for the Pinot Noir, Gamay and Cabernet and southeast for the Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc on clay and schist soils. The domaine is farmed biodynamically. It is a major undertaking to keep the soil, and hence the vines, healthy.
For Thierry Michon, the gregarious force behind one of the Loire’s best-kept secrets, it’s all about the soil. Working on schist and silex a flint stone’s throw away from the Atlantic, Thierry is the prophet of biodynamics in this tiny viticultural area. His vineyards never see a non-organic product. He raises his own cows simply for the manure they produce which he religiously spreads between the vines. He has slowly purchased buffer zones all around his property to prevent any chemical products from neighbouring vineyards seeping onto his land. For him, biodynamics isn’t just a pragmatic consideration, it’s like a religion.
Le Haut des Clous is pure Chenin Blanc with average age vines of 25 years, planted on clay/schist soils. Slight slopes which are exposed south-east, have been cultivated biodynamically since 1995. This wine is fresh and lively, with light-weight floral character, persimmon, green almond, apple and pear notes stretched over a bright, elegant frame. You can smell the countryside in its aromas, manifesting themselves as heather, lavender and almond. It has a good tight, crisp palate. This wine has the capacity to age for over 10 years.