Has Muscadet’s time finally come? The wines of this Western Loire Valley appellation are enjoying a renaissance, the introduction of a new generation of talented and ambitious Winemakers has moved quality in the right direction. Muscadet is produced from the confusingly named Melon de Bourgogne grape, it’s a varietal that mirrors terroir with the best of them. Aged on it’s lees in underground vats over Winter, the wine develops fierce and precisely focused flavours.
2017 was a brutal vintage in the appellation with 60%-80% of the crop lost to April frosts, as Winemaker Jean -Yves Bretaudeau sums up with the quote “Mother Nature Seems Upset”
Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie – Jean Yves Bretaudeau – 2017 – $18.95 per bottle – sold in 12 packs
Fine and precisely boned, gusty salty nose with concentrated citrus aromas. Mineral and zesty in the mouth with a real sense of vigour and vivacity throughout;
This is an exciting and versatile wine for people looking for fresher, stony and lower alcohol wine. should develop further for another five years.
Beyond Oysters, serve with all types of lighter Chicken dishes, Goat cheese and salads.