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The Return Of An Old Favourite

This is one of those wines that I am afraid to say I forget about, I was recently reminded of what a mistake this is. I had a customer who desperately wanted some Muscadet that had the typical characteristics of this Loire Valley classic - delicate, fruity, (and crucially) creamy. She was complaining that every Muscadet Sur Lie she had tried was bland and boring, and that she couldn't get the quality that was available 10 years ago.

This is one of those wines that I am afraid to say I forget about, I was recently reminded of what a mistake this is. I had a customer who desperately wanted some Muscadet that had the typical characteristics of this Loire Valley classic - delicate, fruity, (and crucially) creamy. She was complaining that every Muscadet Sur Lie she had tried was bland and boring, and that she couldn't get the quality that was... read more.

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I have every faith in our Muscadet from the Auguste Bonhomme estate, but just to be sure we opened a bottle and sampled the latest vintage (I know, any excuse right?) - I was reminded of what a classy bottle of white it really is with generous fruit, crisp minerality and that lovely creamy flavour that comes from it being left on its lees to give added complexity. Chris and I agreed that it had to go into the next Wine Club case, so I hope you enjoy it.

Muscdet Sur Lie

One of the crucial things to remember when looking at Muscadet is whether or not it says 'Sur Lie' on the label or not, this relates to the crucial practice of resting the wine on it's lees for a period of time. This means that the dead yeast is left in contact with the wine for a period of time which has the effect of creating a creamy, sometimes nutty, flavour. This is the classic Muscadet flavour that the aforementioned customer was missing, without this, Muscadet is just another light and fruity wine - that is not to say it's not pleasant, but you may be disappointed if you're expecting more flavour. 

Melon De Bourgogne

Muscadet is made from the grape variety Melon de Bourgogne, despite originating in Burgundy this is now almost exclusively cultivated in the Loire Valley and is nearly always likely to find its way into your glass in the form of Muscadet. 

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    Muscadet, Le Fief de la Brie Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, 2015 75cl

    Attractive, succulent fruits are balanced by a zingy freshness, creating an easy-drinking, appealing Muscadet.

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