The Domaine de la Noe Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie is produced in the Loire valley, France. The distinctive flavours of this wine come from the grape used, it is 100% Melon de Bourgogne and then matured on the lees (Sur Lie).
The wine is a lovely, pale yellow colour with a very slight touch of gold. On the nose it is refreshing and elegant, with lemon citrus notes, lime and slightly richer notes of hazelnut and that characteristic yeasty flavour from being left on the lees. It is very elegant on the palate and aromatic. There is more citrus notes, lemon flesh and lime peel, with a long and lingering finish. A richness from being left to mature ‘sur lies’ is very evident. A slightly fizzy finish to the wine adding further lightness.
The crisp, dry and high acid content of this wine make it fantastic for fish and shell fish, spoil yourself and try it with a dozen oysters.
The Melon de Bourgogne grapes are carefully harvest from vines averaging 35 years old. After harvest the grapes are lightly pressed and fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, spending an extended period of time on its lees, before bottling, this goes a long way to the distinctive flavour . There is no racking or filtration before bottling.
Domaine de la Noe has a history dating back over 100 years. In 1870, the Drouard family planted new vines in small holdings near the ‘Noe’ brook, shortly after the phylloxera epidemic devastated the vineyards of France. Over the following years, to the present day, the Domaine has grown and modernised, now comprising 60 hectares and modern winemaking facilities, to produce the finest possible wines. Muscadet is having a resurgence thankfully, spurred on by cracking examples such as this one.