2011 Bonnet-Huteau "Les Levraudiere" Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

SKU #1139606 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Flavor-wise, there are only subtle differences, with the light-bodied, fresh, elegant, zesty 2010 Muscadet La Levraudiere revealing gin and tonic-like notes intermixed with white flower and crushed rock characteristics. It spent six months on its lees, which gives it surprising texture for Muscadet. A recent discovery by American importer Peter Weygandt, these are top-flight Muscadets that sell for fair prices. They are natural wines from organically run vineyards and are bottled without any fining. The three 2010 cuvees come from single terroirs with different soil types. (RP)  (8/2011)

K&L Notes

This is 100% Melon de Bourgogne from vines between 10 and 30 years old on mix of sandy-clay and gneiss soils. It is aged on the lees for 6 months.

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Melon de Bourgogne

- A white wine grape that originated in Burgundy, Melon de Bourgogne has, sadly, essentially vanished from that region. But fans of the varietal need not despair; its virtual disappearance from this pricy zip code has not prevented it from thriving in the Loire Valley, where it is made into the affordable, zippy, mineral, citrusy wines of Muscadet that pair so well with oysters. The best of those wines come from the region Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine. It is sometimes simply referred to as Muscadet.


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