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A Gourmet Gazette Fine Wine Find: A Memorable Muscadet

Muscadet white wine from France
The award-winning Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2019 AOC Passionnément du Domaine de la Tourette. Photo Courtesy Domaine de la Tourette. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

Paris, France — It is those last few weeks in the northern hemisphere for enjoying oysters right in season. And one of the finest pairings in the gourmet world remains one of the most traditional, delicious briny oysters with a nice dry Muscadet, one of France’s older white wines, and the westernmost. The Muscadet vineyards grow the closest to the Atlantic Ocean in the region of Nantes which might explain their propensity for perfect pairings with seafood and fish. There are no less than 450 winegrowers in the Muscadet, which is also in the Loire Valley, and six AOCs, meaning a controlled geographic label of origin. The Melon de Bourgogne grape variety, often referred to as Melon B, which is the sole variety used traditionally in Muscadet wines was first planted in the region prior to the 17th century and the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation of designation of origin label, one of the three Muscadet labels, was awarded in 1936 and is one of the oldest AOCs in France.The award-winning Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie 2019 AOC Passionnément du Domaine de la Tourette has been elaborated according to the same traditional methods used in the region for centuries. Dry and powerful it enjoys a golden white color. Elaborated by Laurent Freuchet, a fourth generation winemaker from the region, it is constantly dry with a few fruity notes. ©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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