This appellation was created in 1994 and all the wine is made from the famous Melon de Bourgogne grape. It is 300 ha and benefits from the micro-climate of the Grandlieu lake. Muscadet-Cotes de Grandlieu makes about 10% of all Muscadet production.
The soil here is very suited for Muscadet production. Metamorphic, alluvial and volcanic soils deliver the proper nutrients for the Melon de Bourgogne to thrive. Potassium and calcium are plentiful in these soils. Also the wet maritime climate of the Western Loire Valley is perfectly suited for vineyard drainage. Limestone, granite and
gravelly soils provide that.
This area has the wettest, coldest growing season in France so acidity is not a worry, but ripeness is. To get as much flavor as possible from the Melon de Bourgogne grape most of the wines are aged sur lie on the lees for extra richness.
The wines are typically subtle with citrus, apple and loads of seashell minerals and salinity.
These wines typically go for between $8-$15 a bottle.
Notable Recent Vintages: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
Top producers of Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu sur lie include: