Muscadet is one of my absolute favorite dry white wines to drink while cooking at home. Éric’s Clos de la Butte is the perfect combination of freshness, crisp acidity, and a lingering finish that is always a mouthwatering experience. Oops, Honey, did we just drain the whole bottle?!?
|Blend:||Melon de Bourgogne|
|Appellation:||Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu|
|Vineyard:||50 years; 6 ha|
|Soil:||Serpentinite, eclogite, quartz|
|Aging:||Wine stays in foudre for fermentation and élevage, then raised 10-12 months depending on the vintage|
I want you to realize once and for all: Even the winemaker does not know what aging is going to do to a new vintage; Robert Parker does not know; I do not know. We all make educated (hopefully) guesses about what the future will bring, but guesses they are. And one of the pleasures of a wine cellar is the opportunity it provides for you to witness the evolution of your various selections. Living wines have ups and downs just as people do, periods of glory and dog days, too. If wine did not remind me of real life, I would not care about it so much.
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