Barton & Guestier Muscadet 1999

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    The Muscadet comes from the region where the Loire River meets the sea, south-east of the city of Nantes. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is felt in this region's mild winters and temperate summers. The vineyard extends on low slopes about 50 meters above sea level, with a pebbly sandy-clay soil. The wine is made with 100% Muscadet (also called "Melon de Bourgogne") which produces a crisp, elegant white wine. VINTAGE A particularly mild winter led to early budburst but a cold spell and rains slowed everything down in April. The May frosts had little consequence in the Nantes region. Flowering went well but was followed by a fresh, wet period and rather dull weather in July. The hot dry weather in August accelerated the ripening process. Muscadet was the first appellation in the Loire Valley to start harvesting, on September 10th, but the concentration of some wines was slightly diluted because of the rains which fell in the latter half of the month. This again was a year which required much know-how on the part of the winemaker in order to produce wines of outstanding quality. With rigorous selection of the grapes and perfect control during vinification, exceptional wines could be produced. WINEMAKING After destemming and crushing, the alcoholic fermentation was carried out at low temperature in order to keep the fruit aromas and the freshness of Muscadet. Malolactic fermentation is avoided (also to preserve the wine's freshness) with the addition of sulphur dioxide following primary fermentation. The wines are aged several months in stainless steel tanks before fining, blending and bottling. WINEMAKER NOTES Brilliant pale straw color. Very expressive and elegant bouquet, with aromas of white flowers and quince. Lots of finesse. Lively and fresh in the mouth charming and easy to drink, with pleasant flavors recalling pears.
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    Barton & Guestier is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wine houses in Bordeaux. With nearly 300 years of history, Barton & Guestier was established in 1725 by Thomas Barton, a renowned negociant coming from Ireland. In the early 19th century, his grandson joined forces with Frenchman Daniel Guestier, a reputed importer of Bordeaux wines into Baltimore, in the British colonies in America, and the one who delivered the wines that President Thomas Jefferson had ordered from the Barton family. It remains the most iconic French wine brand bringing authentic French terroir and emotions to wine lovers all over the world.

    The Barton & Guestier range represents a wonderful diversity of the best French wine appellations with about 200 passionate winegrowers over the main winegrowing regions: Bordeaux, Loire Valley, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, Languedoc, Gascony and Corsica. With its wide variety of wines, Barton & Guestier enables wine lovers - from the occasional wine drinker to the connoisseur - to make a journey through France. The B&G winemaking team guarantees consistent quality and style, vintage after vintage. The company headquarters is based at Château Magnol, Haut-Médoc, a great Cru Bourgeois wine estate certified “High Environmental Value” and ISO 14001. Chateau Magnol also serves as a guesthouse and wine academy open to wine professionals from all over the world. 

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    Full-bodied and flavorful, white Rhône blends originate from France’s Rhône Valley. Today these blends are also becoming popular in other regions. Typically some combination of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier form the basis of a white Rhône blend with varying degrees of flexibility depending on the exact appellation. Somm Secret—In the Northern Rhône, blends of Marsanne and Roussanne are common but the south retains more variety. Marsanne, Roussanne as well as Bourboulenc, Clairette, Picpoul and Ugni Blanc are typical.

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    Praised for its stately Renaissance-era chateaux, the picturesque Loire valley produces pleasant wines of just about every style. Just south of Paris, the appellation lies along the river of the same name and stretches from the Atlantic coast to the center of France.

    The Loire can be divided into three main growing areas, from west to east: the Lower Loire, Middle Loire, and Upper/Central Loire. The Pay Nantais region of the Lower Loire—farthest west and closest to the Atlantic—has a maritime climate and focuses on the Melon de Bourgogne variety, which makes refreshing, crisp, aromatic whites.

    The Middle Loire contains Anjou, Saumur and Touraine. In Anjou, Chenin Blanc produces some of, if not the most, outstanding dry and sweet wines with a sleek, mineral edge and characteristics of crisp apple, pear and honeysuckle. Cabernet Franc dominates red and rosé production here, supported often by Grolleau and Cabernet Sauvignon. Sparkling Crémant de Loire is a specialty of Saumur. Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are common in Touraine as well, along with Sauvignon Blanc, Gamay and Malbec (known locally as Côt).

    The Upper Loire, with a warm, continental climate, is Sauvignon Blanc country, home to the world-renowned appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Pinot Noir and Gamay produce bright, easy-drinking red wines here.

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