For no quantifiable reason or conscience plan I have been having a smoldering love affair with Loire wines for the past year or so. Like most agendas motivated by passion, I haven't looked for it and didn't even realize until it was pretty well developed. Oh well, nothing to do but go with it. Here's the next installment:
This is a Sur Lie muscadet. Muscadet comes from the lower Loire valley, down towards the Atlantic; and this Muscadet in particular comes from the Couillaud brothers, who bought just less than 100 acres back in the 70's.
This is a way more serious Muscadet than most. Well, maybe not serious, Muscadet is never as serious as a big driven Bordeuax. This still has the pretty aromas of white flowers, but there's more underpinning that. This Muscadet has depths that are unusual and unlooked for in this variety. I think some of that is because it spends 10 months on the lees (the dead yeast sediment and whatnot that settles out of an ageing wine and is usually removed). This must also be grown in soil that's more limestone and gravel than usual. I don't know what else would explain it's focused minerality on the mid palate.
This is a very lively wine that leads with pretty white flowers and a slightly salty aroma that evokes a foggy cool early morning with a breeze of the water. That's followed by more linear minerality and acidity, and a citrusy quality that makes me think very ripe lime; maybe a hint of kiwi too.
This is a perfect, and textbook classic pair for oysters, flounder, sole, bass, and mackerel. It's also a great pair with salty cured meats. I can attest as I eat this Serrano Ham right now. The bright, vibrancy of the wine is a nice contrast to the gamey flavors of the cured meat and takes the edge off the saltiness. Really, I strongly recommend fun, dry, whites with good acidity with cured meats.
This has a lot of the minerality of Sancerre for half the price. $12.99 at the Rosemont Market on Munjoy Hill, the Freeport Cheese and Wine shop, Ocean House Market, Rosemont Market on Brighton, Provisions in south Freeport, the Blue Hill Wine Shop, Aurora Provisions and Downeast Beverage.