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Chereau Carre l'Oiseliniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2015

Melon de Bourgogne from Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    The color is a very pale yellow. There are very small bubbles, called "Perlant," that come from the Sur Lie vinification process. Citrus aromas of grapefruits and lemon skin on the nose. The wine is very fresh in mouth with bitter and citrus tones, well balanced with white flower and exotic fruit at the end.

    This wine pairs well with seafood in general but in particular oysters, sole meuniere.

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    Chereau Carre, Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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    The House of Chéreau Carré occupies the most privileged position in the Nantes region of France. This family owned property dates back to the 15th century and features vines that cover over 267 acres of the highest quality soil in the prized region of the Sèvre-et-Maine. Bernard Chéreau currently manages his family’s property. He runs three separate estates within his family’s property: Château de La Chesnaie comes from a 25 year old parcel in the heart of Sèvre-et-Maine, Comte Leloup de Chasseloir is a selection of pre-phyloxerra vineyards dating back to the turn of the last century and Le Clos is a single vineyard of 60 year old Muscadet vines on schist soils. Bernard is passionate about the location of his vines and separating individual parcels within each site. In addition, he keeps multiple vintages on hand because he believes that different vintages show different characteristics that are specific to the wines. Using only indigenous yeast and extended lees contacts, Bernard is at the forefront of pushing the boundaries of Muscadet.

    Pays Nantais

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    The Pays Nantais, Loire’s only region abutting the Atlantic coast, is solely focused on the Melon de Bourgogne grape in its handful of subzones: Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, Muscadet-Coteaux de la Loire and Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu. Muscadet wines are dry, crisp, seaside whites made from ideal for the local seafood-focused cuisine. (They are not related to Muscat.) There is a new shift in the region to make these wines with extended lees contact, creating fleshy and more aromatic versions.

    Melon de Bourgogne

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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 to the west of the city of Nantes and part of the larger Muscadet region.

    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 continually outlawed from Burgundy, just like Gamay, at various times during the 16th & 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 Secrets

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

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