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

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