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Muscadet Sèvre et Maine

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AOP/AOC by decree dated 14th November 1936, amended 9th November 2011

Vineyard

Location The Muscadet Sèvre et Maine area extends across some twenty communes to the south east of Nantes. It takes its  name  from the              two         rivers         flowing      through      the vineyards: the Sèvre Nantaise and the Maine.

Vineyard area 6,430 ha.

Soils A varied structure of igneous and metamorphic rock from the Massif Armoricain, made up mainly of gneiss and mica schist, with smaller quantities of green-stone and granite.

Climate A temperate oceanic climate, with precipitation evenly spread throughout the year. There are variations in climate from one end of the region to the other caused by the varying distances from the coast, the Loire or other bodies of water.

 

Wine

Average annual production over the last 5 years 261,900 hl.

Base yield 55 hl/ha.

Grape variety Melon de Bourgogne.

Growing practices Planting density 7,000 vines per hectare. Pruning: Single guyot to 10 buds.

Aging This appellation is authorised to use the ‘sur lie’ method

 

Tasting Notes

Muscadet Sèvre et Maine wines are often full-bodied with good  aging  potential,  depending  on  terroir.  Wines  aged   on   their lees tend to be more supple and  have  a  distinctive light sparkle.

Serve at: 9 – 11°C

Food Pairings

A good aperitif; pairs well with grilled fish or fish in sauce, particularly the iconic Nantes beurre blanc; or serve with chicken dishes in sauce or goat’s cheese.

 
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