By: Keith Mabry
K&L Staff Member
You don't often see the words SHOWSTOPPER in the review of a Muscadet and especially one that is only $12, but if ever there was one, this is it! I love the clean lines of Muscadet and please remember this has no affiliation with Muscat, the aromatic-often-semi-sweet variety. Muscadet is the region in the western Loire that is famous for its crisp, mineral driven whites with no oak, that pair easily with shell fish (it is one of the most classic oyster pairings out there) while also making an equally great aperitif. We've been playing with the extra-lees-aged versions from Haut Bourg as well as a few other producers' and they have really elevated the overall quality and intrigue that is coming out of Muscadet. But, I must say, this is one of the best classic, sur lie aged versions I have ever tasted. It is a remarkable Muscadet that delivers Pippin apple, lemon zest and wet stone on the nose. It has tension and length on the palate. It is complex, yet quaffable. Just a remarkable overall expression that will more than satisfy fans of Chablis, Pinot Grigio or any other fans of clean vibrant whites.