Drinking Tonight: Reserve des Cleons Muscadet

One of my favorite styles of white wine from the Loire Valley in France.  This is the 2012 from the Muscadet Sevre et Maine appellation, and it’s sur lies.  That means that the dead yeast cells were kept in the bottom of the barrels for some time – as the yeast breaks down, it lends some wonderful bready, toasty notes to the wine.  I’m having this with one of my Grilled Caesar Salads that I blogged about last week.


Color: a very pale gold color.

Aroma: a classic nose – melons and a touch of grilled bread.

Taste: right up front it has a nice acidic start, followed immediately by some mineral notes and a lemony taste in the mid-palate. The sur lies character isn’t as noticeable on the palate until the very finish.

$9 from Trader Joe’s – serviceable enough, but I generally like my Muscadets a little thicker and heavier in the mouth.



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