2015 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

SKU #1272657 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)

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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 set one can easily find. Humble and quiet, they are turning out impressively complex bottlings of Muscadet that often smell more like great Chardonnay from Chablis than anything else. From a single parcel of old vines planted on gabbro soils, the Harmonie is a smack in the face with its sharp, stony minerality. But that component is matched and balanced with rich tropical notes of mango and pineapple. A very nice snap runs through the middle and the zingy sharp finish leaves your lips smacking for another sip.

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By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/13/2016 | Send Email
The "Harmonie" Muscadet is a consistent staff favorite due to the fact that year after year it drinks well beyond its price point. Muscadet, not to be confused with Moscato, is a wine making region in the coastal area of the Loire Valley where they make a very dry, mineral driven wine from a grape called Melon de Bourgogne. With aromas of wet stones, sweet peas and white flowers, the palate shows chalky, limestone minerality with flavors of lemon curd and white nectarine. Consume this bright, dry, mineral-driven wine the way the locals do, with oysters or just about anything from the sea.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2016 | Send Email
Somewhat softer and less chalky than previous vintages, the 2015 Harmonie is a friendlier Muscadet, but no less varietally correct, with bright lemon tartness and enduring minerality. While there are hints of honey and more tropical fruit, the crisp finish never fails. I look forward to Harmonie's release every year -- so happy this great white is back in stock!

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2016 | Send Email
Lime, brine, and wet sand aromatics greet you on the nose; and it is very much a "on the nose" Muscadet. Take a sip, and you'll find all the quivering nerviness you'd expect, though behind the tartness and salty minerality, there lurks a suggestion of sweet apple in pleasant counterpoint. The Harmonie is easily one of our best white wine deals going, so if you aren't already familiar with it, it is past time to get acquainted.

By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/5/2016 | Send Email
I’m in love with the 2015 Muscadets! And, this is one of the reasons why. The fantastic balance of bright fresh citrus with layers of stone fruit texture, mineral nerve and uplifting back end palate length and concentration. Not to mention that this is an absolute killer with all kinds of foods from simple cheeses to fish to complex charcuterie …

By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/4/2016 | Send Email
What a pretty and easy to drink Muscadet! Clean, dry and mineral, but also full of tropical fruit. It is an amazing combination that I always find incredibly successful. Wine fermented and aged completely in tank and if you love Chablis and crisp white wine in general, definitely try this Muscadet. It's a steal!

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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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France

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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.
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