Muscadet le Pavillon Sur Lie 2016 Half Bottle - Domaine du Haut Bourg
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Slightly richer is the 2013 Muscadet Pavillon Cotes de Grandlieu. Like its siblings, it is made from the region’s indigenous grape called Melon de Bourgogne. It is made from the finest parcels of the estate’s 30- to 60-year-old vines that are densely planted at 7,000 vines per hectare. The soil base is sand mixed with decomposed granite and schist. It, too, was aged on its lees for six months, but it reveals more intensity as well as more honeyed grapefruit and floral, wet stone and gravel-like notes. Medium-bodied, dry and lively, it can be enjoyed over the next several years.
In the heart of the Muscadet appellation, northwest of the famous natural Lac de Grandlieu, is Domaine du Haut Bourg, a one-hundred-acre estate that began producing wine in 1945.
– Robert Parker –