$12. This is a nice value although the world of Muscadets in filled with nice to amazing values. The best Muscadets will age, many will hold if not improve in the cellar and some need to be drunk younger. This one seems to be in the later category. At this point, it doesn't have that crisp freshness that makes Muscadets so welcome. Medium gold in color. The nose has apples and slight dust and even slighter lemon juice. On the palate, this is fat. Sour apple notes. A bit clipped on the finish. That said, it is reasonably food friendly. A solid wine at a very fair price. Perhaps a
Great showing for this. Silvery gold in color. The nose is great with slight orange peel and quince. Nice minerality. On the palate this has a great texture. Slightly oily texture. Notes of oranges and minerals. Great acidity. This kept improving in the glass. Long finish. Very food friendly. This wine retails for under $30 and is great now but should hold and maybe improved for a while. This is made from Chenin Blanc which ages better than most people think.
This wine has a reputation of being a bit oxidized and advanced in 2014. This bottle was a bit advanced but it was also spot on drinking right now. Medium golden in color. The nose has anjou pears along with minerals and a salinty which is very nice. This has a slightly oily texture. The pears continue and if this has any oxidation, it is quite small. There is good acidity. Nice finish. Enjoyed with a Ginger Parsnip Pear soup, this was a perfect match with a nice synergy. It might not make old bones, but it is drinking quite well right now.
This is a Chenin Blanc based sparkling wine that is infused with Peaches. It is not meant to be a serious wine that should be cellared for long term. It is made to be a fun wine, buy it, take it home and pop a cork. At $13, it does this nicely. Deeper golden in color. The nose is unmistakably - peaches. Duh! There is a slight effervescence to the wine. The peaches carry thru to the palate. Light bodied and easy drinking. Nice for a party.
From a top producer in the Loire Valley, this is a basic Sauvignon Blanc. For $16, this is a nice value. Light green/gold in color. The nose is a bit dusty with some pine notes. With air a bit of grass and minerals emerge. On the palate, this is like eating sweet tarts. It has a dry but sugary quality to it. Tart citrus. It took some getting used to but then it drank fine. Long finish. Worked great with an assortment of cheeses which really helped the wine come together.
Golden in color. Fantastic nose. Clean and expressive. Sea air, crushed shells, apples and honey. On the palate, this has a great backbone of acidity. Slightly oily texture. Minerals, crushed shells with an herbal note. Also some apples. Pinpoint precision. Slight orange citrus on the finish. Seems to be youthful but almost at peak. Of course, it should be at this level for another decade or more. Complex. Great with all kinds of food. These still are under $40 which is a great value.
This is Chenin Blanc from one of the top producers in Vouvray. While not to the same extent, Vouvray has dealt with premature oxidation in their wines much like Burgundy. This wine has been one of those which has had issues. Luckily, there were no such issues for this bottle. Still a light gold in color. The nose is nice with minerals, slight burnt orange and quince paste. On the palate, this is dry. Minerals and burnt orange peel (like in some cocktails). There is a bit of bitterness on the finish. It is a very good wine that really begs for food to shine. Good bottles of this ha
2004 Luneau-Papin / Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Le "L" d'Or, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review
A great example of one of the top Muscadets. This cost $15 on release and a recent vintage is not much more. Its been aged for 14 years and it was wonderful. Still fresh, crisp and enjoyable. Golden in color. The nose is great. Complex with sea air, sea shells and slight honey notes. On the palate, this is laser precision minerals. Slightly oily texture. Some salinity. For those who prefer oysters, this is the perfect match but works with other food as well. Long finish. Just a gorgeous $15 bottle of wine.
2016 Henri Poiron Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Domaine des Quatre Routes, France, Loire Valley, Wine Review
I love Muscadet. They are some of the best values in the wine world. Rarely do the cost more than $15 and even the very best are under $30. And they age much better than many people think. Light green gold in color. The nose has slate, green apples, sea air and slight crushed shells. A bit of salinity as well. On the palate, this is slightly oily. Nice mineral streak, crushed shells and slight grapefruit. Slightly warm on the finish, but serving a bit cooler might help that. It retails for $15 which is a very fair price and well worth it.
Vouvrays are made from the Chenin Blanc grape. Light gold in color. The nose is lovely with apricot, some orange peel, minerals and salinity. The palate is sweet. Not full on dessert wine, but sweet. Flavors of lemon hard candy; that sort of sweet/sour combination on the attack. The mid-palate has more oranges. Finishing back at the lemon hard candy. Long finish. This has good acidity and is food friendly. It also is full bodied and deep and works well on its own especially early on a nice summer evening outside. It is delicious. No doubt this could last for twenty years or more