Muscadet, Loire. 12%
I’ve not heard of this producer before but apparently they have been around for 11 generations and there is a glowing endorsement from Robert Parker on the back no less.
Very much what I’d hope for in a Loire Muscadet. Savoury minerality. Not quite as striking as some mineral bombs, nor as racey as others. But good stuff. I continue to wonder why the world overlooks Muscadet.
I don’t think I have tried Anjou Blanc before, though I have had many nearby Chenin Blancs.
This is a bit disappointing. Green acid dominates. Leave for 3 years at least.
88 points. 13.5%
Very dry. Some oxidation from oaking, but searing acid too. Flavoursome but I really don’t think Chenin Blanc benefits from this much oak.
Serve & Maine, Loire. 12.5%
Muscadet is usually thought of as cheap supermarket wine, useful dry white to wash down Oysters. But here is another profound Loire Muscadet. And 8 years old too!
In perfect condition, I guess it’s been in a cold Loire cellar. Impossible to guess the age by the nose.
Perhaps the creaminess on the palate gives it away but this is still fresh. Quite intense, juicy. Exciting wine.
Vouvray, Loire, France. 12.5%
After the musty cork breathes off (but not corked) this is a honied varietal Chenin Blanc. Very pleasant if a little unexciting.
Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire. 12%
A light gold colour, certainly more advanced than Guy Boossard’s wines but in the same very high quality range. Ripe fruit within a mineral framework. Great complexity for so young a wine. Great enjoyment. Seriously good wine.
Loire, France. 12%. Sec.
Golden colour of course. A honied aged dry Vouvray but with an astringent acid spine. Not full bodied. Flavoursome complex. Despite the lovely weight and charm the acid makes it best enjoyed with food. It has charm but with never be luscious.
UPDATE. Some bottles better than others. One had nice creamy luciousness. 91 points.