Domaine de la Fessardiere
Jerome and Emeline Bergeron
Today, the Domaine de la Fessardiere is run by two passionate neo-vignerons, Jerome Dumanois and Emeline Bergeron. The two studied agriculture at university and worked in the field for over 10 years, both abroad and in France. However, it was in 2014, upon visiting with Michel Sauvion, that Jerome and Emeline discovered their passion for viticulture with a respect for nature. In the autumn of 2015, Jerome and Emeline fully took control of the domaine. Their processes today respect techniques learned under Sauvion's tutelage, such as organic farming, combined with their own innovations that result in wines that are organic, precise, and elevate the quality of wine associated with the appellation of Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine.
The domaine was founded in 1978, when Michel Sauvion decided to leave his family's domaine and set up his own estate following the vision he had to make unusual Muscadet aged in large oak foudres. He took over a parcel of old vines around the Chateau de Fessardière, which were already classified as a terroir d’exception (called climat) in the 19th century cadastre. In addition to starting with this exceptional terroir, in 1980, the domaine ordered a number of reconditioned Alsation foudres from the only foudrier in France – Beaumaire in Alsace, and these are the same foudres still in use at the domaine today. Domaine de la Fessardiere has been certified organic since 1997.