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Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie
Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie refers to a dry white wine from France’s Loire Valley, produced from the Melon de Bourgogne, grape, sometimes mistakenly referred to as the Muscadet grape.

There are three districts that can produce Muscadet Sur Lie (aged on its lees), with Muscadet Sèvre et Maine being the largest and most famous. It is situated southeast of Nantes and is named for two local rivers, the Sèvre Nantaise and the Petite Maine. The soils here are quite rocky, with deposits of quartz and granite.

The typical Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie is medium-bodied with a green/straw color with gold reflections. Most are not aged in wood, but have notable texture, thank to the sur lie aging. Acidity is quite good in most years, and because of the soil composition, there is a distinct minerality to theses wines. While they are immediately accessible upon release, most examples drink well for 5-7 years.

The classic pairing for Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie is shellfish, especially oysters. It also works well with seafood salad, crab or goat cheese – the tangier, the better! (Wine/Appellations)