Muscadet "Origine du Haut Bourg" 2003 Magnum - Domaine du Haut Bourg
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Grapes Melon de Bourgogne 100%
Sight gold with green tints
Nose pineapple, dried fruits, mineral
Palate very rich, rounded, very good length
General Information From the oldest vines of the domain (planted in 1944 by our great grandfather) this wine is distinguished by its mode of vinification. Retained 10 years on the lees in an underground tank, this very complex Muscadet has kept its freshness while developing aromas of evolution and a wonderful minerality.
003 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu Origine
WINE ADVOCATE - ISSUE #213, June 2014
The 2003 Muscadet Origine is one of the most distinctive wines I have ever tasted. Old dogs can learn new tricks and this Muscadet, made from the estate’s oldest vines (planted in 1944), was aged on its lees in tank for ten years and only bottled in 2013. Readers may know that 2003 was a bizarre year of excessive heat and drought, and while some great red wines were produced, they were few and far between. For white wines, it was largely a disastrous vintage as they did not possess any acidity. The white grapes had to be picked so early that there was a lack of mature flavors in the wines as well. Somehow, this offering overcame all of those problems. The wine is fresh and lively, and its decade of lees aging has given it a texture and richness that is rare for a Muscadet. The finish goes on and on, and the wine’s vibrancy, honeyed citrus and minerality are remarkable. This is a tour de force and, to reiterate, one of the most original dry whites I have ever tasted. It is difficult to say how long a wine such as this will age, but at present it is a vibrant, fresh, delicious white wine.