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2011 Muscadet Réserve

Domaine Michel Brégeon

2011 Muscadet Réserve Domaine Michel Brégeon - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
It would be a terrible mistake to assume that all Muscadets are light and inconsequential. Take this 2011 reserve bottling from Muscadet master Michel Brégeon. Raised on its fine lees for forty months in underground glass-lined tanks, it has developed a roundness and richness of flavor that add new dimension to its trademark brisk acidity and tide-pool minerality. Iodine, sea spray, lime, and salt crystals come to mind, while its textural magnitude takes it far beyond the realm of a simple oyster wine. Try it with goat cheeses or deep-fried seafood to explore its pairing potential.

Anthony Lynch

$35.00
Vintage: 2011
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Melon de Bourgogne
Appellation: Musacadet
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: André-Michel Brégeon
Winemaker: André-Michel Brégeon
Vineyard: 40 years average, 7.8 ha total
Soil: Gabbro
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Production: 3000 cases
Alcohol: 12%

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About Loire

The defining feature of the Loire Valley, not surprisingly, is the Loire River. As the longest river in France, spanning more than 600 miles, this river connects seemingly disparate wine regions. Why else would Sancerre, with its Kimmeridgian limestone terroir be connected to Muscadet, an appellation that is 250 miles away?

Secondary in relevance to the historical, climatic, environmental, and cultural importance of the river are the wines and châteaux of the Jardin de la France. The kings and nobility of France built many hundreds of châteaux in the Loire but wine preceded the arrival of the noblesse and has since out-lived them as well.

Diversity abounds in the Loire. The aforementioned Kimmderidgian limestone of Sancerre is also found in Chablis. Chinon, Bourgueil, and Saumur boast the presence of tuffeau, a type of limestone unique to the Loire that has a yellowish tinge and a chalky texture. Savennières has schist, while Muscadet has volcanic, granite, and serpentinite based soils. In addition to geologic diversity, many, grape varieties are grown there too: Cabernet Franc, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne are most prevalent, but (to name a few) Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Pineau d’Aunis, and Folle Blanche are also planted. These myriad of viticultural influences leads to the high quality production of every type of wine: red, white, rosé, sparkling, and dessert.

Like the Rhône and Provence, some of Kermit’s first imports came from the Loire, most notably the wines of Charles Joguet and Château d’Epiré—two producers who are featured in Kermit’s book Adventures on the Wine Route and with whom we still work today.

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2015 Chinon “Les Grézeaux”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

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2013 Bourgueil “Les Perrières”

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2016 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$16.00

2016 Vouvray “La Cuvée des Fondraux”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

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2015 Sancerre Blanc “Cuvée Marcel Henri”

Daniel Chotard  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

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2016 Sancerre “Côte des Embouffants”

Domaine Roger Neveu  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

$25.00

2016 Pinot Gris

Domaine de Reuilly  France  |  Loire  |  Reuilly

$20.00

2014 Chinon “Le Clos Guillot”

Bernard Baudry  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

$38.00

NV Vouvray Brut “La Dilettante”

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2014 Clisson “La Molette”

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2003 Vouvray “Trie de Vendange”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

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2013 Chinon “Clos du Chêne Vert”

Charles Joguet  France  |  Loire  |  Chinon

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We only import wine we drink and enjoy ourselves, directly from the source.

Our wine tastes the same in your home as it did where it was bottled in Europe.

Like the long-term relationships we build with growers, we build long-term relationships with our clients. Have a question? Need wine advice? Just gives us a call—510-524-1524.

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