2008 Michel Delhommeau "Cuvée St. Vincent" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie (Previously $12)

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According to the Wine Advocate: "'Michel Delhommeau’s 2008 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Cuvee Saint Vincent is delightfully and refreshingly dominated by citrus, salt, chalk, and green apple. While one can’t call it complex, its combination of textural polish, mouth-watering purity, and invigoration is hard to beat for the price. Enjoy this over the coming 12-18 months." And, according to Wine Spectator: "Offers a mix of lime, thyme, and lemon verbena notes that stay crisp but elegant on the finish." (02/10) From the village of Monnieres comes this very focused bottling of Muscadet. Raised in gabbro and gneiss soils, which give this wine soft wet minerals notes that are coated with honeydew and citrus. Nicely textured from beginning to end with nice weight and a fantastically long, juicy finish.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/16/2010  | Send Email
It's a hot, cloudless Sunday afternoon up in Tomales Bay, and you've managed to coerce a few dozen fresh pillowy Pacific oysters onto the ice but don't really wish to open that bottle of Tarlant "Zero" Extra Brut Champagne just yet….so luckily you've brought along a citrussy, lean and precisely clean Muscadet from the masterful Michel Delhommeau, one of our favorite producers from the pure, calcareous soils of Sevre et Maine. This high-acid beauty, with bone dry minerality and herbal-lemongrass-thyme notes, pairs magnificently with those glistening, seductively saline bivalves….nobody does it better….

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.