Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Domaine de la Mortaine 2018

There's Muscadet, and then there's Muscadet. The Chéreau's bone dry Muscadet which is both 'de Sèvre et Maine' and 'Sur Lie' has been consistently excellent since we first shipped it 40 years ago. This zesty, palate-tingling wine makes a bracing aperitif, and goes down a treat with oysters, mussels and other 'fruits de mer'.
Bottle (Case)
Half Bottle
Half Bottle (Case)
Tasting Notes
The Chéreau's have been vignerons for two centuries, and the Domaine is now ably run by Sébastian. Yapp Brothers first shipped this Muscadet in the 1973 vintage, and have listed it every year since.

Back in 1985 Robin Yapp cajoled Quentin Blake into illustrating an eye-catching, bespoke label depicting a Bacchanalian duo making merry, which has adorned every subsequent vintage and has accrued a loyal following.

The Muscadet wine itself has a pale colour, slightly saline 'sea breeze' scents and a life-enhancing acidity, having over-wintered on its fine lees before bottling, which imparts a subtle prickle of carbon dioxide.
About this wine
Style White Wine, Sec, Light-bodied, Non Sparkling
Wine Region Loire, Muscadet (Vin de Pays Nantais)
Grape Variety (Cépage) Muscadet
Food & Wine Matching Oysters, Seafood
Viticulture Non-Organic
Vintage 2018
Cellarage Best drunk within two years of vintage.
Vinification Machine harvested grapes from 25-year-old vines have a very simple and traditional vinification on their lees before being bottled the following March. This prolonged sojourn on the yeast debris of fermentation adds body and vivacity to the wine (at the risk of secondary fermentation).
Wines made thus are entitled to be labelled 'sur lie'.
Alcohol By Volume (%) 12

Sébastien Chéreau

The Chéreaus have been vignerons for 2 centuries and the Domaine is now ably run by Sébastian. Yapp Brothers first shipped the 1973 vintage and have listed their unfailingly pleasurable wine every year since. The recipe for consistency seems to be to make as few changes as possible, a lack of innovation which we applaud. Their single Muscadet bottling is both ‘De Sévre et Maine’ (from the heartland of the Nantais where these two rivers converge) and ‘Sur Lie’ (rested on its fine lees over winter to impart extra flavour). We are delighted that Sébastien is now bottling his own Gros Plant, a crisp, mineral-edged offering that serves as a bracing pick-me-up or seafood support act.

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One Minute Review - Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie: Domaine de la Mortaine

Jason Yapp reviews the Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie, from Domaine de la Mortaine - an unfailingly reliable wine Yapp Brothers have been importing for decades.

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