Château l'Oiselinière "Le Clos" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013: Loire Valley, France

Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne

Region/History Notes: Pays Nantais, the Loire Valley district closest to the Atlantic Ocean is known for making Muscadet: a region/style of wine made exclusively from Melon de Bourgogne. Typically a lovely and refreshingly light white wine, there are a few producers that are known for creating complex, layered, age-worthy Muscadet that will give you whiplash. “Le Clos” is one such wine. It is made from 80 year old vines, the wine rests for almost 3 years on the lees (yeast) to add to the depth of the wine.

Tasting Notes: Minerality and bright citrus fruit drive the bus with melon rind, white peach, and honeycomb all flirting with the palate. While a bit shy, this wine has a lot to say if you listen closely. Perfect with shellfish, or grilled light fish and don't be afraid to let the wine warm up just a bit.

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