(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)
Melon de Bourgogne (known simply as Melon in the United States) is the white grape synonymous with the Muscadet appellation in the western Loire Valley. The variety has naturally high acidity, but can struggle to achieve good concentration of flavors. The best wines show apple and citrus flavors, with mineral characteristics. A saltiness can sometimes identified, suggestive of the region’s maritime history.
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 th ... more