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.
- 2015 Domaine DavidClos du Ferré Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine0,75l White€7.15 €5.91Produced from the «melon de bourgogne» grape and allowed to age on its fine fermentation lees until the Spring, this Muscadet has a zesty lemon and mineral nose. It has an attractive vivacity on the palate but also a rich and satisfying texture thanks to the lees aging, followed by a long persistence of flavour in the finish. Easy to drink, the wine is a great favourite for fish, shellfish and oysters.
- 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.
- 2010 Domaine DavidClos du Ferré, Goulaine Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine0,75l White€11.10 €9.17A firm favourite with sommeliers, this wine shows just how good top quality Muscadet can be. Made from 100% Melon de Bourgogne grapes, grown from 55 year-old vines on a parcel called 'Goulaine'. It is fermented with indigenous yeasts and left to settle on its fine lees for between 18-24 months. This method of extended ageing on lees gives the wine an added richness and unctuosity, whilst also retaining a lovely salty vitality, which is characteristic of all good coastal wines. Aromas of grapefruit and blackcurrant buds on the nose lead into flavours of toasted almonds and salty minerality on the palate. A delicious wine with a touch of umami, a perfect match for oysters, shellfish and white fish.