Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Domaine de Beauregard Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, 2006

Those who like Muscadet appreciate the wine's crispness, freshness and subtlety. Those who lean toward New World Chardonnay, on the other hand, might describe the typical Muscadet as lean and stingy.

This is not your traditional Muscadet; it walks a fine line between those two extremes. I get crisp, penetrating aromas of lemon and honeydew, but there's also a yeasty quality from aging on its lees (spent yeast cells). While lees aging is part of the Loire tradition, the leesy quality in this Muscadet is a bit more dramatic. The result is a medium bodied wine with a creamy, yet elegant, texture. The Muscadet crispness returns in the finish. Nice wine.

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