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Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Domaine des Ratelles 2017

White Wine from France - Loire
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Benchmark Muscadet from the Vinet family, whose Ratelles vineyard makes such consistently good wine in the heart of the region. This is the fruit of their best plot, made up of old vines, and it's absolutely delightful!
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Code: LO14491

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Muscadet
  • 75cl
  • 12% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, diam

D G Vinet

Owned and run by husband and wife team Gérard and Laurence Vinet, this domaine comprises around 55 hectares of prime Muscadet vineyards in the heart of Sèvre-et-Maine, to the south of Nantes. One of the villages around which the Vinets are based, La Haye Fouassière, is actually the origin of the wines of Muscadet, as well as one of the new Muscadet Cru Communal appellations. Gérard's brother Daniel formerly tended the vines and is officially retired but can still be seen working in the vineyards at harvest time. With the influence of the Atlantic, the harvest generally begins in early September. Among the best plots here, made up of old vines, are those that provide grapes for Les Ratelles, our preferred cuvée, but across the range the accent here is on very classic, mineral Muscadet with good fruit and firm structure.

Loire Valley Vintage 2017

After Jo Locke MW's usual quick visit at harvest time it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Following her regular February 2018 trip she was delighted to report that she couldn't remember when she was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

Muscadets are gorgeous across the board, and they are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s.

The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit (though it is still early in their progress) which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected. They have given wines with delightfully bright, generous fruit.

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