J. Mourat was founded in 1974 when the family took over the Chateau Marie de Fou Estate in Nantes. It is the westernmost part of the Loire Valley and home to one of its most famous wines.
The second generation, headed by Jeremie Mourat, took over from his father in 2000. He turned the vineyards organic and followed the traditions of the area's history, which goes back 2,000 years.
Loire wines were the favorite of the Hoi Polloi of Paris for one simple reason. It was a day's ride by horse and carriage from the Loire to Paris so they could get their hands on the wine quickly. It may not be the most romantic wine story ever, but one thing is for sure: with that kind of attention the Loire became quite well-known and flourished as a result.
Motor transport made almost every wine area a day's ride to Paris, but the Loire has always had a place in the hearts of Paris as it should. It is one of the most diverse areas in France, producing red, white, sparkling, rose, and dessert wines of exceptional quality.
O.V.N.I. stands for "objet viticole non identifie", or "unidentified wine object" a testament to Mourat's humorous side, but the wine is serious. The Grolleau Gris grape provides the palest pink color, yet the wine is anything but light. The bright strawberry and melon make it a perfect foil for chicken paprikash, seafood soup, or smoked ribs.