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Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Muscadet Sevre et Maine is a wine appellation in the western part of the Loire Valley of France which was established in November 1936. The appellation extends across two departments and includes the communes of Aigrefeuille-sur-Maine, Basse-Goulaine, La Chapelle-Basse-Mer, La Chapelle-Heulin, Château-Thébaud, Clisson, Gorges, La Haie-Fouassière, Haute-Goulaine, Le Landreau, Le Loroux-Bottereau, Maisdon-sur-Sèvre, Monnières, Mouzillon, Le Pallet, La Regrippière, Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, Saint-Julien-de-Concelles, Saint-Lumine-de-Clisson, Vallet and Vertou. In the Loire-Atlantique and Saint-Crespin-sur-Moine and Tillières in Maine-et-Loire.
Some big, complex white wines are produced here using the Melon de Bourgogne grape which is the only grape permitted for the appellation.
On some labels you will see the words 'Sur Lie' which means that the wine has been aged on lees for some time to produce a more robust flavour and mouth-feel.
You might also see 'Hermine d'Or' on some bottles. These are wines that have been judged to be of superior quality by a tasting panel, although the designation is not currently recognised by France's INAO.
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