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For a growing number of wine geeks Muscadet is the be all end all value white wine in the world. I'd say it is amongst the worlds greatest white wine values but not the be all end all. Muscadet will never be as popular as Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc because it is a wine about minerals and fruit is often an afterthought or

One very important thing to know about Muscadet is most of it is plonk. Good Muscadet is rare but there is a small cadre of growers making world class Muscadet and experimenting with different plots and extensive lees aging. This idea is called aging sur lie which means that the wine is kept in contact with its sediment. This keeps the wine fresh and also gives it a roundness, as the Melon de Bourgogne grape is high in natural acid plus an enticing yeastiness.

The wines, when at their best, have a lovely complexity and refreshing style, with loads of tang and salt that provide a wonderful foil for seafood of all sorts, especially oysters.

Muscadet can age for a very long time, but in many cases it just lasts and does not really gain complexity but just tastes young even when 20 years old. Muscadet-Sevre et Maine Sur Lie can be found for in between $9-$35 a bottle with the sweet spot being between $15-$25

Notable Recent Vintages: 2010, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004, 2002, 1999, 1997, 1996

Top Producers (in no particular order) include:
  • Domaine de la Pepiere (Marc Ollivier)
  • Domaine Luneau-Papin
  • Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard)
  • Claude Branger
  • Domaine Troit Toits
  • Jo Landron (Domaine de la Louvetrie)
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