Best Muscadet Wine

Muscadet is a white French wine. It is made at the western end of the Loire Valley, near the city of Nantes in the Pays de la Loire region neighboring the Brittany Region. More Muscadet is produced than any other Loire wine.

It is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, often referred to simply as melon. The name seems to refer to a characteristic of the wine produced by the melon grape varietal : vin qui a un goût musqué - 'wine with a musk-like taste'.

Muscadet wines are often light bodied and almost always dry with very little, if any residual sugar. Left over carbon dioxide from the bottling process can leave the wines with a slight "prickly" sensation.

My reviews of these Muscadet white wines are updated weekly. These Muscadet white wines offer great taste at a good price. You'll find a definition of Muscadet wine at the bottom of this page as well as food pairings for Muscadet in my wine matcher. This is just a small set of my reviews, but you can get all of them when you join my wine community.
 

Grand Fief De La Cormeraie Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie Muscadet 2008
A.C., Loire, France
Big mouth-watering acidity with crisp notes of lime and green apples. Begs for food; don’t drink it alone. Muscadet food pairings: oysters, steamed mussels, clams. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $13.95 Score: 86/100

This Muscadet was reviewed March 20, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 81745  Check Stock
 

Remy Pannier Sevre & Maine Sur Lie Muscadet 2007
Loire Valley, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Pale straw with greenish tint; closed nose with some mushroom, yeasty notes; light, crisp and dry. My note: A terrific, zippy little number with lovely notes of field flowers, citrus, white peach and a wonderful thread of minerality. Great mouth-watering juiciness. Light-bodied. Muscadet food pairings: mussels, oysters, chilled with poached fish in light sauce, other shellfish and seafood. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Dry  750 ml  Price: $10.90 Score: 87/100

This Muscadet was reviewed May 7, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 13821  Check Stock
 

Chéreau-Carré La Griffe Bernard Chéreau Sèvre Et Maine Muscadet 2008
A.C., Loire, France
Vintages Wine Panel: This tart-and-tangy, lemony flavored Muscadet is lovely. Adding a splash of this wine to the food while cooking will pay delicious dividends. My note: Mouth-watering and refreshing with notes of grapefruit and lime. No heavy oak. Muscadet food pairings: pan-seared scallops, mussels, simple seafood dishes. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 86/100

This Muscadet was reviewed October 24, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 948182  Check Stock
 

Michel David Clos Du Ferré  Muscadet 2007
A.C. Loire, France
Vintages Wine Panel: A seamlessly made Muscadet from a 16.5 hectare plot called Clos du Ferré. The extended lees contact has added dimension and depth to this minerally, floral and fruity wine. Enjoy it with oysters, veal scallopini or grilled rainbow trout. My note: Vibrant acidity gives a refreshing attack. Zesty notes or lemons, limes and white grapefruit. Muscadet food pairings: smoked ham, soft cheeses, light curries, shellfish, seafood, vegetarian, quiche, omelets. Alcohol: 12%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $14.95 Score: 87/100

This Muscadet was reviewed March 14, 2009 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 106286  Check Stock
 

Château Salmonière Sèvre & Maine Glibert Chon Et Fils Vielles Vignes Muscadet 2008
A.C., Sur Lie, Loire, France
Vintages Wine Panel: Muscadet is one of the most refreshing white wines around. This 2008 shows subtle aromas of salty mineral, grapefruit, peach, floral and leesy notes. On the palate, it’s dry and crisp with a medium body, and its soft citrus fruit flavours lead to a medium-long, zesty, minerally finish. My note: An exuberant wine with fresh, clean notes of lime, lemongrass and herbal refreshment. Perfect as an aperitif or food companion. Muscadet food pairings: light fish, seafood dishes, sashimi. Alcohol: 13%  Sweetness: Extra Dry  750 ml  Price: $13.95 Score: 87/100

This Muscadet was reviewed January 9, 2010 by Natalie MacLean

LCBO: 142380  Check Stock
 


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Muscadet

Muscadet that have been aged sur lie can have very subtle "yeasty" aromas. The acidity keeps the wines light and refreshing. Some examples can have a slight "saltiness" about them.

Muscadet has been described by at least one wine critic as the "perfect oyster wine". The classic food and wine pairings in the Pays Nantais region is of Muscadet with the local seafood-particularly oysters. Other seafood dishes that Muscadet pair well includes lobster, shrimp and mullet.

The moderate alcohol levels of Muscadet (always under 12%) allows them to complement many types of dishes without overwhelming them. The light, crisp acidity can "cut through" (meaning it stands out against) rich, creamy dishes which can be a refreshing change of pace for the palate.