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90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Harmonie offers a very clear, elegant and pure bouquet of ripe pears with fresh citrus flavors. Full-flavored, juicy and full of minerals, this is a gorgeously pure and elegant but also sensual and stimulating Muscadet in perfect balance. The finish is pretty long, aromatic and structured, which is what makes this still primarily fruity wine highly attractive to be drunk young, although this Muscadet will gain even more complexity over the years." (10/2016) K&L Notes: Michel & Nathalie Delhommeau farm 28 hectares of vines plan... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "This crackles nicely, with lime, fleur de sel and thyme notes rippling through. Lively finish. (JM, Web-2016)" K&L Notes: This Muscadet is very pure and bright, with an intense floral bouquet with overtones of spice and fruit. The richness, balance and freshness of this wine make it an excellent example of its appellation. It is enjoyable young, but will age well for several years. It is, however, unlikely you'll be able to save some--it's that good. Perfect accompaniment to fish and seafood dishes.
Translated to mean "the son of the fat sheep," this delicious Muscadet is made by Claude Branger, a committed grower who farms his 61 acres in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation completely sustainably, with an attention to detail that translates to wines of superior quality. He harvests by hand, and bottles without fining or filtration. This is his entry-level Muscadet and a glorious value for the price. It is dry and fresh, with tangy lemony citrus aromas and flavors, delicate creaminess on the mid-palate, and a minerally finish. You w... Read More »
Brégeon's Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie is hand-harvested from vines averaging 40 years old. Yields from the 7.8 hectare estate average a modest 30 hl/ha and wines are fermented on natural yeasts. From importer Kermit Lynch: "Michel Brégeon is part renegade, part crusader, and full-blown terroirist. Over the years, he has become an ardent defender of the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine terroir, the most highly regarded of the four appellations in the Pays Nantais. Thanks to his deep understanding of the nuances of the land, he plays the game much differently t... Read More »
Biodynamically farmed vineyard, Demeter-certified since 1998. Wild yeast fermentation. The importer's tasting note: "Gneiss is the first of the 'expression' wines to be harvested, and the earliest to express itself. The nose is opulent and rich in white fruits with notes of pear, citrus, hazelnut and aromas of the sea. On the palate, the wine has a lively acidity and a minerally, saline finish."
Muscadet as a simple, neutral, quaffing white? Not this one! Jo Landron is one of the very top producers in Muscadet. He has been completely organic since 1999 and is now on the way to being certified Biodynamic. He uses no chemicals of any kind in the vines, hand harvests, has natural yeast fermentations and plows all his vineyards. This cuvee is vinified with a very short time on the lees, without chaptalization, making this a super fresh and lower alcohol wine perfect with fresh oysters or as an aperitif. According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "J... Read More »
Michel & Nathalie Delhommeau farm 28 hectares of vines planted on almost pure rock in this region. Dominating the estate is gabbro, which is essentially rock formed from molten lava. Many of the vines are quite old, producing low yields and very complex bottlings. Michel vinifies only by soil type, separates tanks out by vine age, and keeps volumes quite low. Aside from producing great wine, this young couple represent the opposite of the jaded and often pretentious winemaker set one can easily find. Humble and quiet, they are turning out impressively co... Read More »
Claude Branger makes this small-production sparkling wine in his own domaine, from a one-and-a-half acre plot of older Melon vines. Branger is a committed grower who farms his 61 acres in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation completely sustainably, with an attention to detail that translates to wines of superior quality.
From granite and gneiss vineyards. Organic since 1975, Demeter certified since 1998. Manual harvest. 100% indigenous yeast, 16 months on the lees, bottled without fining or filtration. Pair with sushi and sashimi, grilled salmon, or seafood risotto.
Michel & Nathalie Delhommeau farm 28 hectares of vines planted on almost pure rock in this region. Dominating the estate is gabbro, which is essentially rock formed from molten lava. Many of the vines are quite old, producing low yields and very complex bottlings. Michel vinifies only by soil type, separates tanks out by vine age, and keeps volumes quite low. Aside from producing great wine, this young couple represents the opposite of the jaded and often pretentious winemaker personalities one can easily find. Humble and quiet, they are turning out impr... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "0 Kept in tank for 10 years, this rich, full wine proves that Muscadet can age. It has preserved all its freshness and added ripe yellow fruits and a surprisingly opulent character. The wine still has a tang and lemon crispness, full of flavor. It is a wine for food with its final mineral aftertaste. (RV)" (11/2015) Wine Spectator: "Pretty, with lemon curd, verbena and honeysuckle notes woven together, carried by a creamy, lightly waxy feel through the salted butter—edged finish. Time has been kind here, though this hasn't necessarily improved, just changed. (JM)" (11/2015) ...Read More »