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Wine Spectator: "Offers lime and lemon zest notes, with a hint of sel gris. Presents a fresh, bright finish. Drink now." (9/2014) 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 midpalate, and a minerally finish. You wi... Read More »
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bottled in May 2014, the 2013 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords is from a Clos in the sub-region of Chateau Thébaud where the vines have grown for 50 years in granite soils. The wine offers a delicious and brillant bouquet of rather white than yellow-fleshed fruits and a refreshing lime aroma. The palate is pure and straight, the structure firm and mineral, its aging potential enormous. Marc offered me the 1995, which he had opened recently with friends. It still had a vibrant citrus color and showed a beautifully matured aroma of dried ...Read More »
This one is showing absolutely superbly! The "Symbiose" is a selection of vines which are grown in amphibolites soils. Sharp steely minerals, up front brightness with nice reach across the palate and a good juicy length. Just a touch more density across the palate with a broader sense of texture reaching through the finish.
50 year old vines planted in Amphibolite and Metagabbro soils. Light and crispy with mouthwatering minerals and a lean but very balanced finish. A fantastic fresh and vibrant white to have on hand at all times. Can be served as the perfect aperitif. But, even better with straight out of the ocean crustaceans, crusty bread and a group of good friends. (Eric story, Loire Buyer)
Organically farmed vineyard, Demeter-certified since 1998. The winery's notes: "Nose is subtle and elegant with the zest of citrus fruits, white flowers, spices such as ginger and cumin, and notes of flint, dried fruits and toasted almonds. The attack is sharp and focused, with great purity and elegance on the palate. Finishes with salty, chalky and slightly smokey notes. A wine with the an excellent ability to age."
Stéphane Orieux, son of Joseph (a pioneer in organic winemaking), now runs the domaine which is nestled within the Sévre-et-Maine appellation in the village of Valet. Stéphane's winemaking style can be summed up as mineral driven elegance with varietal character and nuance. The Clos de Coudray bottling comes from highly sought after old vines within a small parcel planted and granite soils. The combination of the granite and old vines shoots through with unquestionable canny. This wine is somewhat tight up front with layered texture and good structure th... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2004 Le Clos du Chateau l’Oiseliniere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie is once again an impressive and unusually ripe and lush wine for its appellation, yet one that preserves vivid salinity and a somehow crystalline, ore-like and tactile sense of mineral enhancement that I otherwise associate with great whites of Austria’s Wachau. A stronger than (for this cuvee) usual citricity – suggestive of lemon, lime, and tangerine – lends this a vivacity and practically face-smacking (not to mention lip-smacking) brightness, and while there is palpable dens ...Read More »
A 4 hectare plot of 20-60 year old vines planted on ancient granite. Historical documents have been found giving evidence that there were vines planted here as far back as 1694. This is a very special plot and the wines show it. Very fresh on the palate with good, rich mineral along with ripe citrus. A very understated and pleasant texture and long finish. (Eric Story, Loire Buyer)