Tuesday, February 22, 2005

3 Muscadet: France

HENRI POIRON MUSCADET SÈVRE & MAINE, SUR LIE 2002, Loire, France, 12.0%, #608893 $13.95

My notes: Nice labelling on a nice bottle.... light pleasing flavours and fresh acidity, true to the Melon grape varietal. Straw in colour with a light sour apple nose. Cellaring for a year will help mellow out the 'mineral' context of the fruit tho' even now the Poiron is a sipper if you like 'dry'. Good length. Best served with a salad with light vinegar dressing or with seafood - mussels, clams, raw oysters - as most French wines are tailored for food and Severe et Maine is coastal. Can be cellared up to six years. This is a Vintages release February 5, 2005.


LCBO writes: "A top Muscadet producer dazzles with this exceptional match for oysters on the half shell." My notes: The same light straw colour with more 'roundness' in the sip giving a smoother first impression than the others. A softer floral rather than sour apple nose along with softer citrus flavours and a soft yeasty finish. Match with seafoods as above. This is a Vintages release February 5, 2005.

SAUVION & FILS MUSCADET SEVRE ET MAINE, SUR LIE 2002/2003, Loire, France, 12.0%, #143016 $9.90*

My notes: The 2002 vintage was cellared January 20, 2004 and tasted now: a faint straw colour; a light grapefruit, apple nose. The Melon de Bourgogne grape gives a dry white with crisp acidity, a clean citrusy fruit and sugar pea flavours and a light yeasty finish. OK chilled as a dry sipper or, as above, goes well with shellfish and seafood. *The current vintage on the shelf is 2003 with a price of $10.35. The 2003 is slightly tart, otherwise the same but lighter nose, lighter flavours with some mineral notes and a very slight tannic finish. Likely cellaring the 2002 for a year is the difference. This is a General listing.

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