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Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Wine

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Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie wines are those produced under the Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine appellation of the western Loire Valley in France. They are produced from Melon de Bourgogne grapes, grown specifically in vineyards around the rivers Sevre and Maine (after which the appellation is named), just to the south-east of Nantes.

Melon de Bourgogne is not a particularly flavorful grape variety, so without care in the vineyard and attentive winemaking Muscadet wines can risk being rather bland and featureless. This is emphasized by the fact that the western Loire has one of the wettest, coldest growing seasons in France, and the grapes can struggle to achieve full ripeness and flavor development. To counter this, local vignerons traditionally retained a portion of their wines for personal consumption and left them sur lie ('on the lees') over the winter. With a more complex flavor and creamier mouthfeel, the resulting wine consistently increased in popularity over the years until it was eventually legally recognized as a distinct style of Muscadet wine. The wines of all the four Muscadet appellations are now made in both standard and sur lie variants.

To legally earn the title Sur Lie, a Muscadet wine must be aged on its lees (either in tank or barrel) from the point of vinification until March of the following year. They must not, however, spend more than one winter on the lees.

A good Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie wine has a creamier mouthfeel than standard Muscadet – a result of the extended lees contact. In terms of flavor, it has subtle apple and citrus aromas, sometimes dressed with gentle hints of pepper and even a slight salinity evocative of the Nantais' maritime location. The best examples also have a certain underlying minerality, often thought to be a reflection of the chalky soils that characterize the best Muscadet vineyards.

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We found 217 wines produced in this region.
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Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 3027
Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $18 8699
Louis Metaireau Grand Mouton Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 12373
Michel Delhommeau Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Cuvee Harmonie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 14714
Marquis de Goulaine Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Chateau de Goulaine, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $11 15719
Domaine de la Fruitiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $8 18024
Domaine de la Chauviniere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $11 18062
Chereau-Carre Chateau de Chasseloir Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $11 18654
Domaine de la Grenaudiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $15 22785
Chateau du Poyet Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vielles Vignes, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $11 26318
Sauvion Chateau du Cleray Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $15 27501
Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Terre de Pierre, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $20 27831
Claude Branger Domaine la Haute Fevrie Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $11 28082
Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie 'Le L d'Or', Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $25 28373
Domaine Vinet Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $11 28981
Bonnet Huteau Chateau La Tarciere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $8 29152
Domaine Gadais Pere et Fils Domaine de la Tourmaline Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 33691
Freres Couillaud Chateau de la Ragotiere Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 36181
Boullault & Fils Domaine des Dorices Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Cuvee Choisie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 39426
Domaine Pierre-Luc Bouchaud Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $13 40782
Guy Bossard Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Orthogneiss, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $18 41356
Chateau La Noe Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $10 41543
Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Clos des Allees Vieilles Vignes, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $16 42364
Guy Bossard Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Granite, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $20 42929
Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Pierre de La Grange, Loire, France Melon de Bourgogne $16 43117
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