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Domaine Pierre de La Grange Muscadet Sevre et Maine Vieilles Vignes

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Domaine Pierre de La Grange Muscadet Vieilles Vignes is a lovely example of this Loire Valley style. It represents excellent value for money.
The Muscadet appellation lies at the western end of the Loire Valley just below the city of Nantes. Sevre et Maine lies at the eastern end of this area.
The vines grow in soil derived from the underlying ancient gneiss and schist which gives the wine a distinctive mineral flavour to complement the strong, citrus backbone.
The wines are made by Pierre and Monique Luneau-Papin from the Melon de Bourgogne grape variety.
The domaine is also known as Domaine Luneau-Papin.
Now we know that Muscadet gets a bad press and very few wine writers go out of their way to write about it. Perhaps it is the unique, mineral flavour imparted by the terroir. Perhaps it is the fact that it is not high in alcohol or does not possess the oak and up-front fruit of Chardonnay. But we think that it is a wine that needs to be taken seriously. One of the problems is that the Muscadet region is quite large and there is a lot of wine (some of it very ordinary) produced here. One tip is to seek out wines from the three quality sub-appellations, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine, Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu and Muscadet des Coteaux de la Loire.
If you then want to see how this wine can be enjoyed to its maximum, open some fresh oysters, don't wash them to keep the salty juices, eat one then take a sip of Muscadet. This is a heavenly combination!
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