2010 Muscadet Sevre et Maine
France: Loire Valley
Muscadet is a French white wine that hails from the western end of the Loire Valley, near the city of Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region. This varietal is characterized typically as light, crisp and refreshing. Indeed, today’s 2010 Muscadet Sevre et Maine from Louis Metaireau, embodies these qualities. And more.
Aged Sur Lie, by the producer that introduced sur lie aging, this wine is delicious and even somewhat complex. When one reads about Muscadet, it can often be described as ‘simple’. This wine is far from simple. In fact, it has so much going on.
Having earned a well-deserved 90 point score from Wine Spectator Magazine, we give this very limited-availability wine our highest recommendation.
Pair this very food-friendly wine with seared scallops, bay oysters or crab salad.
Pale pear flesh hues through and through. The wine is fairly viscous and it settles quickly when swirled. Tall, slow-moving legs move very slowly down the glass after a good swirl.
This wine opens with citrus blossom, nutty almond vanilla from the barrel, coastal sea breeze, honey, lemon blossom. As it opens up, it reveals Bartlett pear, blood orange, apricot and white peach.
Flavors echo the nose, with flavors of fresh apricot, pear, white peach, and citrus zest making the most pronounced appearance.
Long and fresh with a limestone minerality and a softly spreading dryness the gradually spreads across the entire palate.
What the Winery Says
Carte Noire can be considered the domaine’s most classic wine because it has had the same presentation for over sixty years.
Grapes picked during the latter part of the harvest provide suppleness and fruit which, together with the freshness of the Muscadet variety, results in a beautifully well-balanced cuvée.
Appellation: Loire Valley, France
About the Winery
Our estates are located in the heart of the Nantes vineyard region, in three well-known communes between the Sèvre and Maine rivers.
Grand Mouton, our main estate, has 23 hectares of vines in single block on slopes near the Maine River in Saint Fiacre. This exceptional terroir is composed of gneiss with two different kinds of mica, garnet, and amphibolite. The oldest vines were planted in 1937. Our various Muscadet cuvées -Louis Métaireau Petit Mouton, Grand Mouton, 10°5, ONE, and Premier Jour - as well as our vin de pays -Grand Mouton Musqué- come from here.
Our smaller estates are in the communes of La Haye-Fouassière -cuvée MLM and Maisdon-sur-Sèvre -cuvée Carte Noire.
In order to preserve the old vines for many years, all the grapes are harvested by hand.
After spending the winter on its lees, each vat is tasted blind and a decision is made as to which cuvee it will become. Bottling takes place in the spring according to the age-old sur lie method. In the spring after the vintage, the wine is drawn off from its lees with as little handling as possible, and no filtration.
In keeping with this tradition, a part of the wine is bottled by natural gravity flow.