Muscadet (Vin de Pays Nantais)
Pale, crisp and bone dry with a clean, almost briney, palate and delicate ‘sea air’ bouquet.
- Bottle £8.95
- Bottle Case £107.40
There's Muscadet, and then there's Muscadet. The Chereau's bone dry Muscadet 'de Sevre et Maine' and 'Sur Lie' has been consistently excellent since we first shipped it 40 years ago.
Not only is it a briny, failsafe accompaniment to all manner of fruits de mer, but it is readily identifiable by its distinctive label designed by Quentin Blake, depicting a sporting Bacchanalian couple.
- Bottle £9.95
- Bottle Case £119.40
Muscadet Wine - Buy Muscadet Wine from the Nantais Region of France
It seems sometimes that in the 21st Century our constant quest for new discoveries leaves little room for reliable old staples and Muscadet suffers from falling firmly into the latter category. There are plenty of modern pretenders to the clean, neutral, sensibly priced, dry white wine throne, from Pinot Grigio to Picpoul de Pinet but the fact remains that Muscadet fulfils its function admirably well.
I have known Sébastien Chéreau since we were both in short trousers and can testify that his Muscadet is unfailingly reliable. Sébastien’s ‘Domaine Mortaine’ bottling is both ‘De Sèvre et Maine’
(from the sweet spot where the 2 rivers converge) and ‘Sur Lie’
(over-wintered on its fine lees to impart extra flavour) and has more depth and flavour than many of its peers.
These days Sébastien is also producing a modicum of the Pay Nantais’, once dominant but now lesser-known, wine Gros Plant. It too is bone-dry with delicate white currant aromas and a fresh, lively, palate-cleansing acidity. Again shellfish are the order of the day – a large pot of moules marinières
would be a peerless accompaniment.