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MUSCADET

Area Introduction

Muscadet is the name of the place, the wine and the grape, originally called melon de Bourgogne or gamay blanc. The best wines hail from Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, named after two small rivers that flow through the Pays Nantais. Muscadet grapes produce a fairly neutral flavour and because the grapes are harvested early to preserve acidity the grower risks creating a wine that lacks fruit. What rescues the best Muscadet from banality is the lengthy contact of the wine with its sediment (lie or lees) which imparts a yeasty, creamy depth and an almost salty tang.

Category

France, Loire