Last weekend I went in search of something a little more special to serve at a small gathering that I was hosting. The forecast was fine and a formal sit down had been benched for a more relaxed affair in the garden, thinking twinkly lights… A visit to our wine merchant rarely ends with just the one purchase of course and this weekend was no exception. In fact, having explored the various regions and grapes I now have the inspiration for several parties and posts to come!

I am fortunate enough to have a rather knowledgeable, enthusiastic and willing expert at my local Majestic and he was more than happy to educate me. Do investigate your local merchant as it is all too easy to get stuck in a supermarket rut, revisiting the same old favourites. Majestic can be a voyage of discovery with their enthusiasm for new independent producers.
So, cutting a very lovely 45 minute tasting story short, we arrived at the Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2014. Muscadet by nature has a very clear and crisp style, hailing from the Loire Valley and produced from Melon de Bourgogne grapes. With mineral and citrus notes “Sur Lie”, indicates ageing on the lees mainly to enrich whites. In this case it adds to the complexity and revealed a light effervescence. An excellent match with swordfish and calamari tapas style Asian starter. As you can see, also a veritable bargain at just £6.99 for the case price.

Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2014 Domaine de la Tourmaline
ABV: 12.0
Units: 9.0
Country: France
£7.99 (Mix Six Price: £6.99)

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