Chateau de L'Oiselinière, Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine, 2020
Loire, France Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine AOC
Vines have been growing for centuries at L’Oiselinière, some parchments mentioning the vineyard dating back to 1337. The first mention of Muscadet appears in 1635, making Château de l’Oiselinière the oldest Muscadet producer in the region. Presently, the estate is also a renowned bird sanctuary and the castle is classified as a historical monument. Grown in the heart of the Kings Valley in Nantes, the 44 acres of Melon de Bourgogne is produced in accordance with sustainable agricultural methods. Rooted in a soil named Gabbro (igneous rocks), the vines are between 45–55 years old.
Following a 3-week fermentation, the wine is aged on fine lees for 9 months. This is undoubtedly a fresh wine but it presents an intriguingly complex and intricate aromatic quality. Apricot, fresh melon, green apple, lemon zest, floral elements, minerality and slight salinity emerge on the nose with the same qualities replayed on the palate and into a long, pleasing finish. This is an ideal seafood wine.