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Bernard Maillard Muscadet Sur Lie Prestige des Roches Pyrenees

Bernard Maillard Muscadet Sur Lie Prestige des Roches Pyrenees

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Bernard Maillard Muscadet Sur Lie Prestige des Roches Pyrenees: A Quintessential Expression of the Loire Valley

Introduction

Muscadet, the quintessential white wine of France's Loire Valley, offers a unique and refreshing expression born from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. Among Muscadet's finest examples is the Bernard Maillard Muscadet Sur Lie Prestige des Roches Pyrenees. This elegant wine showcases the region's distinctive character – vibrant acidity, subtle salinity, and a touch of creaminess derived from its "sur lie" production. Let's delve into its tasting profile and discover perfect food pairings to enhance your enjoyment.

Tasting Notes

  • Appearance: A pale lemon-yellow hue with delicate silver reflections.
  • Nose: The wine reveals a fresh and inviting bouquet dominated by aromas of citrus – think lemon zest and grapefruit – along with a subtle hint of green apple. A delightful minerality emerges, reminiscent of wet stones, adding depth and complexity.
  • Palate: On the palate, the wine is crisp and dry with vibrant acidity that sparks a refreshing sensation. Flavours of citrus fruits are echoed, accompanied by subtle notes of white flowers and a characteristic touch of salinity reminiscent of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The "sur lie" ageing process (resting the wine on its spent yeast) adds a subtle creaminess and a hint of brioche. The finish is lingering and clean, leaving a lasting impression of minerality.

Food Matches

The bright acidity, salinity, and delicate flavours of this Muscadet make it an exceptionally versatile partner for a wide range of dishes:

  • Seafood: The wine's natural affinity! Oysters, mussels, scallops, and simply prepared white fish are all excellent choices.
  • Light Salads: The crispness of the Muscadet complements leafy greens, fresh vegetables, and light vinaigrettes beautifully.
  • Sushi and Sashimi: The minerality and citrus notes elevate the delicate flavours of raw fish.
  • Goat Cheese: The tangy, slightly salty character of goat cheese finds a perfect balance with the refreshing acidity of the wine.

 

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