Les Betes Curieuses
Jérémie Huchet & Jérémie Mourat
Bêtes Curieuses is a joint venture between the Huchet family, grape growers in the Chateau Thebaud cru of Muscadet, and the Mourat family, vineyard owners in the Vendée about one hour south of the Muscadet region. The two families decided to join forces after meeting at a trade fair in London. Bêtes Curieuses (“curious beasts”) is an exploration of the different terroirs of the various Muscadet crus. Fermentation and winemaking are virtually identical between the wines, so the key variable between the wines is the terroir. The most obvious analog for these wines are the white wines of Burgundy (especially those of Chablis) in that these wines are defined by their transparency of terroir and marked more by their mineral, non-fruit character rather than a fruity flavor profile. The long aging of the wines serves to accentuate the inherent characteristics imparted by the growing conditions and terroir of each individual cru.