Muscadet is a dry, lightweight, well-priced Loire Valley white. It’s grown near where the Loire River meets the Atlantic, and the wine matches the essence of the windswept coast and the shellfish of its shores. The juice of the Melon de Bourgogne grape is so pure and light that winemakers age the wine on its lees for several years to add flavor.
Our producer here is Martin Luneau, a traditional vigneron making classic Muscadet that a patron of a Parisian cafe in 1923 would easily recognize. Their 2018 “Deux Roches” cuvée is a blend of grapes from two terroirs, and is everything you expect – light, crisp, dry, refreshing, and cheap. (At under $5/glass it might even beat that craft beer in your fridge.) Serve with oysters, of course, but also with goat cheese on crackers, grilled fish, or a summery pasta.
Martin-Luneau Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine
Sur Lie “Deux Roches” 2018
bottle price: $19