The dynamic city of Nantes is an icon that fuses ancient history with modern industry – and its wines are just as diverse and complex. This region, known as the Pays Nantais, surrounds Nantes and the lower Loire Valley where the river empties itself into the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime climate here is perfect for white wines, and the emblematic Muscadet is the region’s flagship wine.

One of the undisputed best white wines for seafood – especially oysters – Muscadet is a unique wine that embodies the versatility and value of the Loire region as a whole. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, Muscadet wines are known for their high acidity and gregarious nature on the table. The variety is often referred to simply as “melon,” and is synonymous with Muscadet. The climate in the Pays Nantais is decidedly maritime, which moderates the otherwise northerly area – making it perfect for viticulture. The wines from this region – which have been cherished since the Roman era – are fresh above all. In the glass, Melon’s natural acidity makes the light-bodied wines incredibly refreshing, while citrus, green apple, and salinity create a symphony of interest across the palate.

Within the broad Muscadet appellation, Muscadet Sevre et Maine and Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie produce the most renowned wines – beloved for their creamier textures and zesty flavors. Best enjoyed young, these are wines to open with wild abandon when seafood and light dishes hit the table. While classic Muscadet is perfect for contrast to warm weather, sur lie bottlings offer a rounded mouthfeel perfect for the shoulder season… or any season really!

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