Domaine la Fessardière BIO 2020 (AOC Muscadet)

The Muscadet appellation is one of the viticultural monsters of the Pays Nantais sub-area of ​​the Loire Valley. Its nearly 5,000 acres are dedicated to a variety that loves to be near the Atlantic Ocean: the Melon de Bourgogne. Yields are lower than its neighbor AOC Gros Plant but higher than the AOCs M. Sèvre et Maine and M. Coteaux du Grandlieu. Domaine la Fessadière (Vallet) knows that this variety looks twice as great when cultivated sur lies.

In the glass a manual straw yellow color. A complex nose thanks to the lees and the two years of aging on the lees and aftertaste in the bottle. We find tropical fruit, peach hints accompanied on the second nose by touches of sage, clementine and herbs. On the palate we find the freshness expected in a northern wine. The volume contributed by the lees stands out, 12% vol. Mineral aromas in the mouth where white flowers and white stone fruit converge. Slightly spicy finish and tension always present.

Remember that the alcoholic fermentation has been done in the barrel and there also the necessary batonnage to put the lees and must-wine in contact. You can see the result, a very pleasant white that combines freshness and substance. Personally, it reminded us of the Atlantic whites from northwestern Spain, specifically the Albariños from Rías Baixas. Michel Sauvion proposes a price of about 10 euros. As a pairing, the product of the sea is the match: for example a smoked tuna in carquexa, roasted lemon, curry with turnip greens.

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