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Staff Pick

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine "Classic" Dom. de l'Ecu - 2018

Item # 29015 750mL
$18.96/ Single Bottle
$227.52 $204.77/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

From silex-based soils, Guy Bossard's "Cuvée Classique" is made to be appreciated in its youth: it is a more fruit-driven Muscadet with notes of lime, pear, and apple on the nose. The palate has great freshness, lovely acidity, and balance. Great with shellfish, fresh sardines, or an onion tart.


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Staff Pick Notes

Classic is no misnomer here. This mineral and structured Muscadet comes to us from Domaine de l'Ecu. This pioneering estate was one of the first in Muscadet (and indeed, all of France) to grow their grapes according to biodynamic principles. Founded by Guy Bossard, the estate is now in the capable hands of Fred Niger. With its notes of flinty minerals, plush green fruits, green herbs, and hints of brine pair this with Belon oysters or any shellfish to experience why Muscadet is a classic pairing with anything fished from the sea. The combination of subtle and yet complex flavors; the marriage of structure and yet transparency. Drinking Muscadet is like a coastal tide pool--the clear surface reveals shimmering depths and endless fascination.

- CP

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Melon de Bourgogne

Muscadet

The coolest (temperature-wise) of the Loire Valley appellations, this region is most famous for its bracingly dry, seafood-friendly whites. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape (virtually unheard of in the rest of the world), these refreshing wines are idyllic partners for oysters or mussels.

Loire

There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.