Melon & More From Jerome Bretaudeau!


In the ilk of Domaine de l’Ecu, Jerome Bretaudeau makes wines from a wild array of rarely seen varietals in this part of the Loire Valley. And like l’Ecu, he farms biodynamically and isn't shy about using seldom-seen aging vessels.

Jerome’s newest releases includes a Chardonnay done in Amphora (making the case for more Chardonnay in Muscadet), a cult-like Pinot Noir and an orange wine from macerated Pinot Gris as elegant as any ramato. These along with his Melons–which are grown on several different soil types and bottled accordingly–are all farmed organically as he’s converting to biodynamic.

Finally, and arguably the most special of his cuvees, are the old vine Melon bottlings, including Gaia. A luxurious, old vine bottling aged in cement egg, it’s Melon grown on Gabbro soil at its finest.


→ ‘22 ‘La Justice Amphore’ Chardonnay, Loire, 60/btl

A powerful yet cooling Chardonnay. Aged in egg shaped Amphore which rounds the nervous, energetic core this impressive Chard is built on.

→ ‘22 Jerome Bretaudeau, Maceration Pinot Gris, Loire, 56/btl

100% Pinot Gris that's macerated for 30 days and then aged 10 months in 400 litre barrel & amphorae. 

→ ‘21 Jerome Bretaudeau, Gaïa Cuvée Ovoide, Loire, 70/btl

1.5ha volcanic site of Melon de Bourgogne planted in the 60s. Aged 18-24 months in concrete egg tanks. SO2 only added at bottling. Gorgeous, special wine. 

→ ‘22 Jerome Breataudeau, ‘Stratera’ Pinot Noir, Loire, 125/btl

Statera Pinot Noir  is grown on soils composed of Gabbro, white and pink quartz. The wine is aged for 14 months in barrels.