Awarded 95 points and a rare Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2017 edition review of extended lees-aged Muscadet (see blue link below).
Think Muscadet? Think thin, bland, nondescript, green and acidic? Think again…!
This is – absolutely - no normal Muscadet. The Haut Bourg has seen a quality of winemaking seldom seen in the Nantais, one more typical of the winemakers of Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune.
Although made from Muscadet’s usual Melon de Bourgogne, there all similarities with everyday Muscadet cease. The grapes stem from old vines – a staggering 70 years in age – but the true standout feature is the ten years (yes, ten) that it spends on its fine lees (finer yeast deposits) after fermentation (with battonage) before bottling. Hence, lest you be confused, the 2006 vintage – this only went into glass in July 2016. The body, depth and finish of the wine are substantial, it has a strong autolytic appeal and the acidity and bite are well and appealingly ‘tamed’, yet the wine retains the inherent freshness of a Muscadet. It has a rich gold colour, while the fruit flavours are more tropical (ripe pineapple) and stone (apricot) than Muscadet’s usual green apple/citrus and there is an attractive mineral tang. The lees time creates a very stable wine, and this will comfortably keep five years (and develop further flavour) before drinking.
This Sancerre Blanc is a wine of exotic fruit and citrus aromas; subtle yet powerful.
Very pale lemon yellow colour. Hints of honey and fresh hay typical of Chenin. Chalky minerality. Backbone of high acidity keeping the wine taut, energetic and fresh, but rounded out with the merest hint of sweetness.