At the very mouth of France's Loire River, just before it runs out to the Atlantic, the river cuts through a complex geological formation consisting of hard granite, gneiss, schist, and other volcanic rocks. Here, it turns into a maze of smaller rivers winding amongst the stones. Here, it hosts the vineyards of Muscadet.
Muscadet: what goes with oysters. What to drink on your first visit to a Paris bistro. France's largest appellation for white wines, often sadly ignored in the US.
We really should change that, especially when we receive wines like Delhommeau's Cuvee St Vincent.
Organic. From Sevre et Maine, the highest-quality and most famous sub-appellation in Muscadet. Produced from two estate-grown, old-vine parcels planted on pure unadulterated stone. Aged 'sur lie' or on its spent lees, to give it creaminess and complexity. Nonetheless, it is stony, racy, clean, and mineral-driven. Imagine the sea's faintly salty tang. Imagine sucking on stones. Imagine spring-bottled up for your drinking pleasure.
Now, about those oysters...
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