2009 Domaine du Haut Bourg "Origine" Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu

SKU #1383822 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Even at nine years old, this wine is only just mature. It still has citrus fruit flavors and a crisp texture. At the same time it offers rich spice, pepper and a toasty character that is cut with citrus acidity. Kept in an underground tank until bottling in December 2017, it is a great example of the aging ability of fine Muscadet. (RV)  (9/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Paler and a little more toned down aromatically than its younger 2012 self. An allusion to tropical fruit, but more gooseberry greenness. Much more bony, taut, and very very racy. Rapier-like acidity with a fantastically focused, stony spine. This really is like licking stones washed in lemon juice. Tarragon sherbet. Trembles with tension. Long and bone-crunchingly crisp. 17.5/20 points (TC)  (1/2018)

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