This dry, bright, gold medal winning Muscadet comes from the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, named for the two rivers which converge just outside Nantes near the Atlantic coast. This region lies at the far end of the Loire Valley and the climate is cooler here, dominated by the ocean. Crafted by the Loire specialists Bougrier, Caves de La Nantaise Muscadet is made from Melon de Bourogogne. This grape originated in Burgundy and is an offspring of Pinot Noir and a cousin of Chardonnay. It was brought to the Loire in the 17th century as it can withstand cooler climates and takes its name from the rounded leaves which resemble the shape of a melon. The Caves de la Nantaise vineyards lie in Le Pallet, one of three cru level villages on the banks of the river Sèvre.
Muscadet was made for oysters and pairs beautifully with sea food and fish. However it’s also fantastic with fatty foods, buttery sauces and cheese. Try it with roast pork, Chinese ribs, baked ham, shoulder of lamb or roast duck and goose. It’s crisp acidity can cut through rich, creamy dishes and is a real palate cleanser.
Learn more about Muscadet on Nicks Blog: Why you should be drinking Muscadet