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Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu
AOP/AOC by decree dated 29th December 1994, amended 9th November 2011
Location Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu lies south west of Nantes, covering covers 19 communes in the Herbauges, Logne and Boulogne regions, alongside the lake at Grandlieu
Vineyard area 240 ha.
Soils Varied structures of igneous and metamorphic rock from the Massif Armoricain composed mainly of gneiss, mica schists, and smaller quantities of green-stone and granite with an occasional covering of sand and pebbles.
Climate Temperate oceanic, with precipitation evenly spread throughout the year. There are variations in climate from one end of the region to the other, caused by varying distances from the coast, the Loire or other expanses of water.
Average annual production over the last 5 years 9,900 hl
Base yield 55 hl/ha.
Varietal Melon de Bourgogne.
Growing practices Planting density: 6,500 vines per hectare. Pruning: Single guyot to 10 buds.
Aging Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu is authorised to use the term ‘sur lie’
Aging on lees gives these wines added suppleness; this method also gives young Muscadet wines their distinctive freshness and light sparkle. Their early-ripening terroir gives Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu a range of supple, rich, floral aromas.
Serve at 9 – 11°C
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.