Château De La Ragotière Muscadet De Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie 1er Cru Du Château Sélection Vieilles Vignes
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The nose of the pleasingly pale yellow Chateau De La Ragotiere Muscadet De Sevre Et Maine Sur Lie is dominated by mineral aromas.
It registers again on the lean, dry palate, where white fruit and floral flavours also develop.
Finally, on the finish, this expressive cuvée reverts to the stoney, mineral characters so recognisable with Muscadet.
Region: Loire Valley
Grape Variety: Melon De Bourgogne
Bottle Size: 75cl
Style: Crisp and minerally
Drink With: Moules marinière
Château De La Ragotière Muscadet De Sèvre Et Maine Sur Lie 1er Cru Du Château Sélection Vieilles Vignes (to use its full title), is created using vines between 40 and 60 years – the oldest on the estate.
These are grown on mica schist soils, which impart rich fruit flavours, as well as an underlying minerality to the palate – a huge factor in what makes this Muscadet such a joy with food.
Before bottling, the wine is aged on its lees for ten months.
From Roger Voss writing in Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
The old vines here do give some concentration.
More importantly, they give a great swathe of ripe fruit that is so crisp and refreshing.
Lemon and the lightest texture are lifted by intense acidity and a lively, fresh aftertaste.
This wine is ready to drink – best buy.