Château l’Oiselinière “Le Clos” Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 2013: Loire Valley, France

Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne

Region/History/Producer 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 joining for the ride. But it’s the subtle richness and quiet complexity that make you go back for more. It is downright deceiving in its flavor and if you let it open up, it will not be your average light & bright Muscadet. Perfect with shellfish, grilled light fish, baked oysters, or Spanish octopus.