The wines of Muscadet !!!

We were in another world, in wine country of the Loire! The wines of muscadet are less known me think  unfortunately they deserve more credit. I will do my five cents here. It covers a large area and amazingly, not only are the muscadet grapes allowed but others too. This area is less than 2 hours drive from my house so I have been a lot ,just hard to pick areas to show you in my belle France we are loaded ! I like to update this wonderful old post for you and me, and hope you enjoy it as I. Of course, this will be on my black and white series,no pictures.

The Muscadet is a dry white wine of AOC (appellation d’Origine Controllée) mainly in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44, south of Nantes, and partially overflowing on the Maine-et-Loire dept 49 and the Vendée dept 85 ,all in Pays de la Loire region. This wine from the Loire Valley vineyards comes from a unique grape variety, the melon of Burgundy (Melon de Bourgogne) . This appellation has been classified AOC since 1936.  The Muscadet vineyards has several appellations: the Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine, the Muscadet -côtes-de-Grandlieu, the Muscadet-coteaux-de-la-Loire and the Muscadet without any particular denomination.

A bit of history I like

In 1635, the word ,Muscadet is attested in another document from the village of Gorges for the first time. It is claimed that this grape, now known as the Melon of Burgundy because of its origin, would have better resisted the terrible winter of 1709 than the other grape varieties including the Gros Plant and that, as a result, it would then become widespread in the countryside of Nantes

The late 19C saw the affluent vineyard (Muscadet and Gros-Plant) touched by the phylloxera like most of the French vineyards. This aphid accidentally imported from America in 1864 bites the roots of the vine and causes the death of the plant. At this time the melon of Burgundy (Muscadet) will impose itself as a majority grape in the vineyards of Nantes.  This vineyard in AOC comprises 13 000 hectares, exclusively used in white wine. It is located mainly in the southern part of the Loire-Atlantique, and in some towns of Vendée and Maine-et-Loire. The Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine appellation is the most notable and most productive of the Muscadet vineyards, generating just over two-thirds of the total production of Muscadet. It takes its name from the two rivers, the Sèvre and  Maine which water this territory forming essentially the Nantes vineyard.

It is comprise as such with only my favorite towns as they are many: The Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine denomination :In the  Loire-Atlantique department 44  are: Basse-GoulaineChateau-ThébaudClisson, Haute-Goulaine, Loroux-Bottereau, Mouzillon, Pallet, Saint-Friacre-sur-Maine, Saint-Julien-de-Concelles, Saint-Lumine-de-Clisson, Vallet, and Vertou. As well as two towns in Maine-et-Loire department 49: Saint-Crespin-sur-Monk and Tillières. 

The Muscadet-Côtes-de-Grandlieu: this vineyard derives its originality from the microclimate of Lake Grandlieu. It is in 17 towns of the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 such as   Bouguenais, Port-Saint-Pere, Saint-Aignan-de-Grand-place, Saint-ColombanSaint-Léger-les-VignesSaint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu, and Touvois. As well as two towns in the Vendée dept 85 such as Rocheservière ,and Saint-Philbert-de-Bouaine.

The Muscadet-Coteaux-de-la-Loire is in the Loire-Atlantique dept 44 again my favorites are only in Ancenis, Mauves-sur-LoireSaint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, Thouaré-sur-Loire  as well as in Maine-et-Loire dept 49 such as my favorites only Bouzillé, Champtoceaux, La Chapelle-Saint-Florent, and La Varenne.

The Muscadet without denomination or simply Muscadet on the bottle is in several towns but this is the lowest denomination which we never drank, In the Loire Atlantique dept 44 ,however, my favorites towns are AncenisBasse-Goulaine, Carquefou, La Chapelle-Heulin, Château-Thebaud, Clisson, Haute-Goulaine, Ligné, Le Loroux-BottereauMauves-sur-Loire, Le Pallet, Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine, Saint-Aignan-Grandlieu, Saint –ColombanSaint-Hillaire-de-ClissonSaint-Léger-les-Vignes, and Saint-Philbert-de-Grand-Lieu. And these towns from Maine-et-Loire dept 49 such as Champtoceaux, La Chapelle-Saint-Florent, Liré, Saint-Florent-le-Veil, and La Varenne. Also, from the Vendée dept 85 we have Saint-Hillaire-de-Loulay.

Some of the other grapes you may find wines here are the Folle Blanche, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Gris, Grolleau, Negrette. As well as some more genuinely planted here for historical reasons such as the Berligou (from duke of burgundy to duke of brittany gift), Egiodola, etc.

The official Association of Vignobles Nantais wineshttp://www.vignoble-nantais.eu/accueil/

The Vineyards of Nantes tourist officehttps://www.visitnantesvineyard.com/

There you go folks, another dandy of my belle France! Wonderful wines indeed especially with fish/seafood awesome!! Hope you enjoy it and find the Muscadet wines of the Nantaise!! And remember, happy travels, good health and many cheers to all!!!

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