Melon de Bourgogne
As it name suggests, this is an old Burgundy grape variety which has become well adapted to the salty, sea air of the Loire estuary, home to a very distinctive wine, Muscadet (by which name it is also sometimes called.) The name may refer to its somewhat musky aromas or in olden times to the nutmeg (muscade) that Dutch merchants added to the wine before distilling it. The grape is well suited to clay and silica soils and can withstand frost.
Most of the grapes are grown around the town of Nantes where it is the only grape permitted in the Muscadet appellations. The wines are crispy, with a mineral saltiness and a touch of citrus. When they are aged on their fermentation yeasts (sur lies) they can become richer and deeper with magnificent, umami flavours that make them ideal partners for seafood and fish dishes.
- Thienpont Selection Coteaux-du-Layon0.75l White€9.40 €7.77This is one of the Thienpont favourites that we have imported for many years and comes from one of the most famous sweet wine appellations of the Loire. The wine has an attractive fresh and expressive nose and fruity notes of lychee, melon and pears. Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany cakes and fruit tarts. Serve chilled.
- Faye-d'Anjou Coteaux-du-Layon0.75l White€9.40 €7.77The fruity, fresh start leads into a supple, sweet and viscous palate that is flavoured with lychee, melon and pears. Perfect as an aperitif or to accompany cakes and fruit tarts.
- 2012 Domaine DavidClos du Ferré, Goulaine Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine0.75l White€11.89 €9.83Aged Muscadet is delicious ; it combines the salty, tangy flavours of the sea with the generous, umami flavours of the long aging on the yeast and is therefore an excellent match for modern gastronomy – crisp enough to be refreshing yet vintage rich enough to be interesting. The 2012 reveals attractive sweet fruit, some spice and a generous, round texture. Produced from 100% Melon de Bourgogne grapes from a special parcel of more than 55 year old vines, the wine is fermented on its natural yeasts before being left on the lees for at least two years before bottling. Delicious served with seafood, oysters and lobsters. Drink now.