Melon de Bourgogne
Loire Valley, France
Alc. 12 %
Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine is an appellation located in Pays Nantais-Muscadet, of the larger Loire wine region. Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine is the most profound of the Muscadet appellations. Made from Melon de Bourgogne, it is easy to confuse the region 'Muscadet' from the Muscat grape. The two varieties produce very different wines.
Melon de Bourgogne is not known for bold flavours, instead for its neutrality and potential blandness. Muscadet achieves its character from winemaking and terroir. Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine vineyards are composed of volcanic, alluvial soils that provide a surplus of nutrients and minerals. Varying levels of clay in the soils will determine the drainage - in the wet, Maritime climate less clay is ideal. The majority of wines are aged 'sur lie', which means that the wine is left with the lees (yeast, pulp, seed, skin) for weeks or months, adding richness. The Mariniére is new to Canada and exclusively launched by WineCollective. Enjoy this year at 8C.
Pale, sunshine yellow with green reflections and watery rim.
Golden apples, white plum and fresh citrus zest form the base. Mineral, light white pepper and seaside aromas follow with salinity and mineral qualities. There is a light nuttiness too.
The 'sur lie' process elevates the complexity of a wine, providing a richer base and creamy texture for the ripe fruits and mineral notes to rest on. The salinity continues from the nose - a brine and sea salt note, with fresh citrus zest, crunchy apples, pears and light lychee nut. Expected acidity, cleansing and balanced with juicy fruits and light herbal qualities.
Cool and coastal region, where seafood is staple, we highly recommend a culinary trip to western France. Steamed mussels, crab salad, poached scallops, or fried clams.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec
Retail: $28.99 Club: $23.49