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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

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At the westernmost end of the Loire Valley in France where the Loire River empties into the Atlantic Ocean hundreds of small family wine growers are devoted to one grape: Melon de Bourgogne. The delightful white wine produced from this grape is Muscadet. Unlike in virtually all of France, Muscadet is the name of the wine not the grape or region.

Muscadet has a stoney minerality and can vary in style from light, tangy with a bit of white flower and citrus, to more rich and complex if it has spent some time on its lees(fermentation yeast) for a few months. Because of its proximity to the sea it possesses a slight briny character making it perfect for raw oysters and clams or a pot of steamed clams or mussels. It is the classic fish and shellfish accompaniment. Although on its own it is very refreshing.

The best region is Mucadet de Sèvre et Maine, creating wines that are crisp and lean. Muscadet continues to be undervalued thus you can find great wines most often under $18. Many are average but many are truly great.
-Karen Ripley


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