from the Loire
Muscadet and Gros
crisp, dry white wine a little flowery and fruity - the best is the
Muscadet Sur Lie.
Muscadet is perhaps the better
known of the white wine of the Nantes region. In 1709 there
was a terrible frost which damaged many of "Folle blanche" vines
from which Gros Plant was produced so the "Melon" variety of grape
from Burgundy was imported and planted. This variety was more
cold resistant and amazingly although it had not produced that
exciting wine in Burgundy adapted to the region with the excellent
result of Muscadet.
It was given an AOC - Appelation
Controlle in 1936, The A.O.C. distinction is given to
four classifications which come from Coteaux de la Loire,
which is to the east,
et Maine from the south of Nantes , Grand-Lieu originates from
the Grand-Lieu lake region and then sundry other Muscadets
from other areas.
The Muscadet-sur-Lie originated
from the wine growers of the region storing a barrel of Muscadet for
special occasions. It was discovered that this was different
in taste, this being due to the
wine being kept in a barrel or vat over winter and the wine absorbs
flavour from the barrel and in the spring the carbon dioxide that
has developed gives the wine a type of sheen and it is more alive
and fresh tasting.
In general Muscadets are better
drunk when young but certain wines can be kept - ask your wine
merchant because this varies according to the Vineyard and year.
firm believers in Muscadet as a hangover cure. A glass in the
morning will see off many ill effects!
from the "Folle
blanche" grape can also be produced "sur-lie".
There have been vineyards in the
region of Nantes for many centuries, it is said from even the Roman
times. However in the 15th century the "folle blanche" grape variety
was introduced which subsequently evolved into the variety from
which Gros Plant wine is produced.
Not at all well known and very few
and far between and restricted to a number of villages. 80% of these
wines come from the Gamay grape. The red is a little like
Chinon and there are Gamay roses and dry whites.