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Domaine de la Mortaine, (375ml), 2017, Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

White, Old World, Muscadet Sur Lie from Muscadet, Loire, France

Light, dry and crisp like green Granny Smith apple; a great aperitif that also goes down a treat with oysters, mussels and other 'fruits de mer'

Why we recommend this wine
With our love of oysters we are always looking for great wine accompaniments; this is one (Chablis is the other – see here)

The wine
There's Muscadet, and then there's Muscadet. The Chéreau's bone dry Muscadet is both 'de Sèvre et Maine' (coming from vineyards just above where these two rivers join) and 'Sur Lie' (that is, spending time on the spent yeasts after fermentation). The grapes are machine harvested from 25-year-old vines and undergo a very simple and traditional vinification on their lees before being bottled the following March. This prolonged sojourn on the yeast debris of fermentation adds body and vivacity to the wine (at the risk of secondary fermentation).

The wine estate
Domaine de la Mortaine is produced by Sébastian Chéreau. He keeps a very low profile in this age of social media having no website et al and is more or less missing from Google. This does not stop those who want good Muscadet seeking him out. Decanter magazine awarded this vintage 91 points which is pretty good! And his 2015 vintage was included in the 2017 Master of Wine examination!

Food and wine
A light wine with lemoney flavours so think subtly flavoured fish dishes, oysters and crustaceans. Refer also to our food and wine pairing guide, click here

Did you know?
Muscadet is made from the grape variety Melon de Bourgogne and is not to be confused with a Bourgogne Blanc which is a Chardonnay from Burgundy.

  • Cutlivar

    Other white

  • Dry / Sweet

    Dry

  • Oaked

    No oak

  • Alcohol ABV

    12%

£9.05

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