Marc's Wine Tasting Notes:
2010 Chateau de Chasseloir Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine
France - Western (Lower) Loire Valley (Muscadet) Grapes: Melon de Bourgogne
Muscadet is not in fact made from the Muscat grape, but rather a somewhat unknown grape that originated in Burgundy called Melon. At the mouth of the Loire River, the grape found a new home a long time ago, and has been used to craft these fresh, mineral-driven white wines that are a favorite at Paris bistros. Here's what I thought of this one:
Showing yellow gold in the glass, this classic shellfish wine even smells of the sea. A backdrop of lemon-lime and tart pear are punctuated by pronounced minerality and a saline quality, even on the nose. The aromas alone bring fresh shellfish to mind. On the palate, riper pear comes to the forefront, along with lemon pith and sustained minerality. The wine is very refreshing and easy to like. Definitely a first pick for summertime, or any time you’re having oysters or mussels.
Marc Soucy, FWS
*FWS = certification from the French Wine Society, Washington D.C. & Paris, France