Monday, August 11, 2014

Reserve Des Cleons Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Reserve Des Cleons Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2013
Nantais, Loire Valley, France
Like I've said before, I adore Muscadet Sèvre et Maine. Not only does it sound sexy, it's delicious. I saw this one at Trader Joe's for $6.99 and simply had to give it a go...

Review: On the nose the Reserve Des Cleons shows aromas of fresh green apples, meadow flowers, and candied lemon zest. On the palate it is dry and highly acidic with a surprisingly light body. The apple and floral notes are joined by ripe apricots and mandarin oranges. The finish is short and crisp.

Overall, I enjoyed this wine. It's nice and refreshing. I did find the acidity a little high, though -- more mouth watering than is typical for this type of wine. That being said, it still does have that creamy touch I would expect.

Pairing: While you could, I don't think I would want to put food with this wine. Just have a glass when you get home after one of those long Mondays.

Bottom Line: Three words: Six Ninety Nine.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie AOC  (Appellation d'origine contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Melon de Bourgogne/Muscadet
  • AGEING: Sur Lie
  • BOOZE: 11.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now

Where did I get it? Trader Joe's 
What's the damage? Low Priced


  1. Not with food?! This is excellent with shellfish. I live in the SF Bay Area and drink only this with cold Dungeness crab -- they complement one another beautifully. I think this may be the best Muscadet I've drunk in America, and it's one of the cheapest. Remarkable.

    1. I'm glad you enjoy it! I thought it was quite good (especially for the price!), but I thought it lacked a certain concentration and depth to stand up to food. Just personal preference! I love Muscadet with oysters in particular, but I thought this bottle was more of a porch sipper for me.


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