2011 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

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Michel & Nathalie Delhommeau farm 28 hectares of vines planted on almost pure rock in this region. Dominating the estate is a rock called 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 quite, they are turning out impressively complex bottlings of Muscadet that often smell more like great Chardonnay from Chablis as 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 zingy sharp finish leaves your lips smacking for another sip.

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/23/2013  | Send Email
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Produced from a low yield, very old vineyard, this wonderful dry, crisp, shell-fish friendly wine is clean and mouthwatering, with wet-river stone mineral notes and a refreshing, bright finish. A perfect wine for what’s left of our crab season. Eby has purred to me that this Gem will be our house white for the month with the Crab that I will bring home from our favorite Princeton by the Sea harbor just North of Half Moon Bay. 12.0% ABV
Drink from 2013 to 2015

 By: Chris Bottarini |  Review Date: 4/7/2013 
Palest raw in the glass. Floral, honeydew melon on the nose. Not terribly rich, nor complex yet quite satisfying on a warm spring day. Much of the same honeyed fruit from the nose is echoed then balanced by a mineral streak with a gentle spice to close it out.

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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

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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.