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Louis Metaireau Muscadet Black Label Sur Lie 2007
Jean-François and Marie-Luce began purchasing parcels of this vineyard in 1988 with the goal of bringing the cherished vineyards of their two families together under one house. Their estates are located in the heart of the Nantes vineyard region and they have 30 hectares of vines situated on three boroughs between Sèvre et Maine, exclusively planted with the grape variety Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet). Vines planted as far back as 1937 root into the rocky terroir composed of gneiss, mica, garnet and amphibolite –a recipe of stones between the Sèvre and Maine rivers known as the most highly regarded of the Muscadet appellations. While we carve our turkeys, hang our stockings and dye our eggs, these wines ‘faire ses pâcques’ (literally ‘make their Easter’), resting 'sur lie' to develop richness and depth, and bottled by gravity with no filtration. Jean-François and Marie-Luce are truly les Vignerons d'Art.
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.
Try Muscadet with any light and flaky fish, oysters, roasted chicken, root vegetables and fondue.
The wine itself is called Muscadet, and while suggestive of “muscat,” the wine is not related to any muscat variety.