Barton & Guestier Muscadet 2001

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    Winemaker Notes

    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, France
    The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century. Very quickly, his efforts brought an unbelievable level of prosperity. He was the first shipper to have his own wine estates. By 1747, Thomas Barton was considered Bordeaux’s number one shipper. His loyal clients nicknamed him "French Tom".

    His family, his associates and his successors followed his example. In 1802, his grandson, Hugh Barton, teamed up with his friend Daniel Guestier, a French shipowner, to create Barton & Guestier. Both men's children and grandchildren went into the business, until the mid-20th century. Today, a dedicated team and over a hundred distributors continue to develop the Barton & Guestier brand worldwide. Barton & Guestier wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and tremendous value. The list of wines has also grown to include a broad range of classics from the greatest wine regions of France.

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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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    Made famous in Muscadet, a gently rolling, Atlantic-dominated countryside on the eastern edge of the Loire, Melon de Bourgogne is actually the most planted grape variety in the Loire Valley. But the best of it comes from Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, a subzone west of the city of Nantes, which is part of the larger Pays Nantais.

    The name might suggest this grape is from Burgundy—and indeed its origins are Burgundian. But while history shows it is the progeny of Pinot and Gouais blanc, it was continuously outlawed from Burgundy, just like Gamay, at various times during the 16th and 17th centuries.

    In the Glass

    Muscadet wine is full of fresh acidity and has smoky and saline aromas with some floral character; flavors are of green pear, lemon and honeysuckle. Since the mid 1980s, winemakers have been successfully experimenting with various winemaking techniques including barrel fermentation, lees stirring and pre-fermentation skin contact to make a more complex wine.

    Perfect Pairings

    Try Muscadet with any light and flaky fish, oysters, roasted chicken, root vegetables and fondue.

    Sommelier Secret

    The wine itself is called Muscadet, and while suggestive of “muscat,” the wine is not related to any Muscat variety.

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