2012 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 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: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/20/2013  | Send Email
A pretty face shows in Muscadet with this vintage of Delhommeau's "Harmonie". Honeysuckle, tropical fruit, citrus and mineral with great fruit concentratinon. Medium plus acidity and a fabulous price!
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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/21/2013  | Send Email
It's back and just as refreshing as ever! Always a favorite of mine, weather I'm relaxing on the deck, or cooking up a storm, Harmonie is always there to keep me cool, calm, and feeling like I'm on vacation in the Loire Valley! Super fresh and clean with high acid and minerality on the palate. Perfect for salads, oysters, or just on its own!

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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.