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Herbauges Clos De La Fine Muscadet 2013

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

    Fresh and racy, with good volume, and white peach and chamomile aromas. Persistent finish.

    Serve young as an aperitif, seafood platters, crab with mayonnaise, fish, such as salmon or tuna, marinated or in sauce,grilled sardines, slightly spicy white meats.

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    Herbauges

    Herbauges

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    Herbauges, Pays Nantais, Loire, France
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    Our story begins in 1864. The vineyards of the Domaine des Herbauges are part of the estate of the Château de la Sénaigerie. The Château de la Sénaigerie initiates the first communal grape harvest in the region and area winemakers bring their grapes by boat via the Acheneau River to the château wine presses.

    Since then Domaine des Herbauges has specialized in the vinification of the finest Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu sur Lie and has acquired the most prestigious terroirs of the region.

    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 Melon de Bourgogne and are 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 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 Secrets

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

    WWH136829_2013 Item# 145607