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Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, Domaine des Ratelles 2019

White Wine from France - Loire
The perfect all-rounder. Uncork the fresh, dry stone-fruit charm of this Vinet family benchmark with seafood feasts or enjoy its racy refreshing fruit solo as a warm-weather thirst-quencher.
Price: £7.95 Bottle
Price: £95.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: LO16111

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Bone dry
  • Muscadet
  • 12.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2023
  • 75cl
  • 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 Vintage 2019

Yet another exceptional vintage! Perhaps these atypical years are the vintages of the future? 2019 was another year of extremes and nail biting, with temperatures even in the Loire Atlantique nudging 40C more than once last summer. With so little rain, there were concerns over whether the fruit would actually ripen, but sure enough, some rain did arrive: a little in mid-August, a little more in early to mid-September, depending on the location, refreshing the vines and allowing them to ripen their healthy fruit in fine conditions.

There will be some great reds, with the chance to keep some in store for the future. Whites are ripe and healthy, with, remarkably, a little more freshness than the 2018s, so it will be a great year to explore the length of the Loire.
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