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2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Sur Lie”

Domaine Michel Brégeon

2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Sur Lie”  Domaine Michel Brégeon - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
This goes down just like water, only it tastes much better!” exclaimed a friend, upon tasting the new Brégeon Muscadet. “If all water tasted like this, I would stay much more hydrated,” added another. It is Muscadet as it was meant to be: bracingly crisp, clean, faintly salty, and enriched with a subtle hint of sunshine.

Anthony Lynch

$18.95
Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Melon de Bourgogne
Appellation: Muscadet
Country: France
Region: Loire
Producer: Domaine Michel Brégeon
Winemaker: André-Michel Brégeon
Vineyard: 40 years average, 7.8 ha total
Soil: Gabbro
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13.5%

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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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2016 Chardonnay

Éric Chevalier  France  |  Loire  |  Vin de Pays du Val de Loire

$16.00

NV Vouvray Brut “La Dilettante”

Catherine & Pierre Breton  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$26.00

2015 Savennières Moelleux

Château d'Epiré  France  |  Loire  |  Savennières

$29.00

2016 Bourgueil “Cuvée Alouettes”

Domaine de la Chanteleuserie  France  |  Loire  |  Bourgueil

$16.00

2014 Clisson “La Molette”

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Muscadet

$38.00

2016 Coteaux du Loir Blanc

Pascal Janvier  France  |  Loire  |  Coteaux du Loir

$19.00

2014 Chinon “Les Varennes du Grand Clos”

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$37.00

2015 Vouvray “La Moelleuse”

Champalou  France  |  Loire  |  Vouvray

$45.00

2016 Muscadet “Le Clos de la Butte”

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$16.00

2015 Pouilly-Fumé “Vieilles Vignes”

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2015 Sancerre Blanc “Cuvée Marcel Henri”

Daniel Chotard  France  |  Loire  |  Sancerre

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2011 Muscadet Réserve

Domaine Michel Brégeon  France  |  Loire  |  Musacadet

$35.00

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