Recommendation: Quality wine at a bargain price.
Winery/Producer: Claud Branger, Le Fils des Gras Mouton.
Grape Variety: Muscadet (Melon).
Geographic Region, Appellation: Loire Valley, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine.
Purchased From: The Caviste, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Pared With: Thai Chicken in mild peanut sauce, basmati rice and peas
He said: Clear, greenish-light straw color. Strong green apple and citrus aromas. Very strong crisp citrus fruit taste (especially lemon) with lots of minerality. Nice tart medium-length finish. Very flavorful, delicious white wine with lots of depth at mid-palate through the tart finish. The strong minerality and complex flavors make this a rather unusual wine. Do I like it, no I love it!!! This gets the bargain wine rating in spades from me.
She said: Have you ever totally messed up when choosing a wine for dinner? Like grabbing a bottle with a familiar shape without checking the label? Well, this is one of those times for us. We chose a Riesling for our dinner but it turned out to be a Muscadet (not a good thing). Terrible choice to be sure, but a very good wine none the less. We quickly finished the dinner and then sat back and totally enjoyed the wine. The lovely bouquet lasted from the first to last sniff and reassured us throughout the dinner that this was very good wine. There was a ground-swell of flavor as the wine covered the tongue and it was a symphony of flavors through the long finish. Like minerality? This wine has it with the additional hints of citrus. The body is light with a bit of tartness that prevails at certain times but the overall experience is delicious. Dry, crisp and flavorful are the best words to describe the delights that this wine has to offer. I heartily recommend it as a bargain wine at $11.70
Bar code: 884510000373