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Eric Chevalier La Noe Muscadet Cotes de Grand Lieu 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A unique white wine that’s screaming for a salty seafood pairing.

Producer/Winery: Eric Chevalier; Saint Philbert de grand Lieu, France.

Grape Variety: Melon de Bourgogne

Geographic Appellation: Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu; Loire Valley, France.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $17.10 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Leftover Thanksgiving dinner: oyster quiche with mushrooms.

Tasting:

    Chilled before drinking. Clear, light golden color. Forest floor and citrus aromas. Than a dramatic change to a powerful tart herbal taste that’s predominately thyme, but with hints of sage, lemon and lime flavors that changes again to a long, earthy, mineral finish. A unique and distinctive combination of mouth-feel and flavors…it was a rich texture with bright acidity, not a bit of sweetness and we would say the citrus flavor dominated, but it was the strong herbal thyme flavor that we both mentioned at the end of every sip. It was fine with the oyster quiche, but I would rather have paired it with raw oysters. A unique white wine that’s screaming for a salty seafood pairing.

Eric Chevalier in his cellar
Photo from Eric Chevalier.

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Alcohol Content: 11.5%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 61503 51249 9

Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant; Berkeley, California.