BB Review: Muscadet de Sevre et Maine – Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference

Vive le vin! We visited local delicatessen Fromage and French for this round and sipped delicious French wine and then wanted to eat soooo muuuuch French bread.  🇫🇷 🍷 🍾

THE WINE

BOTTLE: Muscadet de Sevre et Maine - Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference - France

WHERE WE BOUGHT IT & PRICE: £7.00 from Sainsbury’s

ABV & TECH SPECS:  12% ABV

WHO BOUGHT IT & WHY: Angela hereI think Muscadet gets overlooked in the Loire for the trendier Sauvignon Blanc and is often confused with sweet Muscat, which is a different varietal, guys! But you'll find that Muscadet is usually great value and perfect for food, and I road-tested this bottle for a smoked mussels dish I was rustling up over the weekend.

LET'S GET NERDY: Muscadet is a wine made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape varietal made in the western region of the Loire Valley. Its typical profile is dry and acidic with citrus notes and it sometimes has a salty trait. It’s noted for a great food pairing ability and a lower alcohol content. 

Wines with ‘Sur Lie’ on the label mean they have been aged for a short period of time on the lees (the dead yeast cells during fermentation) which gives them a creamier body and a touch more complexity in aroma and flavour. 

PARTY FACT: Muscadet loves food! Try it with mussels, oysters, cheese, herbs and sauces with lots of acidity (like vinaigrettes). PLUS: did you know that Muscadet was the original wine for the famous beurre blanc sauce created in Nantes by Chef Clémence Lefeuvre?

THE VERDICT 

CARO: A slightly fizzy and syrupy fruit salad of fresh pears, invigorating citrus and crushed almond, enjoyed al fresco on a warm summer night. Hell yes.

ANGELA: Peachy! This is all stone fruit on the nose with a little sweet biscuit aroma. The palate is delicate and slightly oily and a kick of acidity. A salty plate of seafood wouldn’t go amiss with this wine. The flavours are light– a little pear and lemon– although I feel it could do with a bit more body for a ‘sur lie’, but for £7.00 it offers plenty of value and would certainly be a crowd pleaser for a summers day alfresco aperitif. 

KATE: This wine has a slightly effervescent quality that Angela said is prickly acidity. Ooookay! So there's some prickly acidity going on here. This wine smells a bit like pears and– lo and behold– it tastes a bit like pears, too! That being said, it makes me want to spend the afternoon soaking up the sun on a boat with plenty of salt water on my lips, on my tongue and in my hair and then finish off the night with a big bowl of shrimp jambalaya. (Can you tell that I'm about to go on holiday and am sooooo ready for some sun and seafood?)

WOULD WE HAVE ANOTHER GLASS? Oh yeah, we could definitely drink this all day and I’m sure our friends would happily have another too.