2010 Muscadet Sevre et Maine
France: Loire Valley
Muscadet is a French white wine that hails from the western end of the Loire Valley, near the city of Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region. This varietal is characterized typically as light, crisp and refreshing. Indeed, today’s 2010 Muscadet Sevre et Maine from Louis Metaireau, embodies these qualities. And more.
Aged Sur Lie, by the producer that introduced sur lie aging, this wine is delicious and even somewhat complex. When one reads about Muscadet, it can often be described as ‘simple’. This wine is far from simple. In fact, it has so much going on.
Having earned a well-deserved 90 point score from Wine Spectator Magazine, we give this very limited-availability wine our highest recommendation.
Pair this very food-friendly wine with seared scallops, bay oysters or crab salad.
Pale pear flesh hues through and through. The wine is fairly viscous and it settles quickly when swirled. Tall, slow-moving legs move very slowly down the glass after a good swirl.
This wine opens with citrus blossom, nutty almond vanilla from the barrel, coastal sea breeze, honey, lemon blossom. As it opens up, it reveals Bartlett pear, blood orange, apricot and white peach.
Flavors echo the nose, with flavors of fresh apricot, pear, white peach, and citrus zest making the most pronounced appearance.
Long and fresh with a limestone minerality and a softly spreading dryness the gradually spreads across the entire palate.