According to google maps it is a 33 minute drive from the winery of Jo Landron to the start/finish of Stage 3, Cholet, TDF2018, the Team Time Trials which the BMC Racing Team won in a total time of 38 min. 46 seconds.
I think it is kind of interesting that Loire River running east to west for more than 620 kilometers is the longest river in France and the 171st longest in the world. It empties into the Atlantic ocean at Nantes. This partially explains why the Loire Valley Wine region is so large and diverse. We are still in it, with Stage 3, in the land of Muscadet made with the Melon de Bourgogne grape.
According to my French Wine Scholar manual, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC “is responsible for 75% of all the AOC Muscadet bottled. It is named after two rivers which run through it (La Sèvre Nantaise and La Petite Maine) and stretches south and east of Nantes. Cholet the town where the TTT started is about a 48 minute drive southeast of Nantes. There is further sub-dividing within the Sèvre et Maine AOC based on soil types and area, Clisson (granite, gravels), Gorges (clay soils rich in quartz) and Le Pallet (gneiss and gabbros). As with anything wine there are always exceptions and these are generalizations.
In Chicago, if there is one muscadet wine, sommeliers rave about, wine dinners in restaurants, wine stores highlight his wines, it is Jo Landron’s wines because of his attention to all those little details that make great wine and his passion for winemaking and of course his delicious wines. So for Stage 3, I salute Domaine Landron and his MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE SUR LIE Cuvée La Louvetrie