2018 Domaine du Haut Bourg Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie

SKU #1422724 95 points Decanter

 Floral, citrus and apple nose. The palate is packed with stone fruit flavours and kept fresh with lemony acidity and a persistent, salty-nutty finish. Delicious and very classic. (DWWA 2019)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

The Choblet family established their vineyards in 1945 in what would become the Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu appellation. Now three generations deep, brothers Herve and Nicolas Choblet work together from vine to bottle to make some of the most interesting and dynamic Muscadets in the region. The vines are planted on a mix of mica-schist but mostly granitic soils, lending brilliant mineral tones to the wine. It is aged in tank for 8 months sur lie before bottling. Some moules frites, s'il vous plaît!


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By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/20/2019 | Send Email
Absolutely delicious! Although there is no denying that Muscadet is perhaps the best pairing with fresh oysters you can find, Muscadet has the crisp acidity and minerality to pair with a wide range of foods! Fresh aromas of citrus and wet rock, bright acid and medium body make this wine perfect for drinking now. But if you have not explored aging Muscadet, then this would be a great wine to buy a case and drink occasionally over the next decade. Beautiful.

By: Aaron Hughes | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2019 | Send Email
Opening with a pretty and rich bouquet inundated with stone fruits and hints of river rock. The palate is bracing in the best of ways with an intense and cleansing acidity wrapped around a core of quince and white peach. The minerality suggested by the bouquet follows through and is tied in with just the lightest hints of an herbal complexity. 95 points from Decanter and one heck of a screaming deal.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2019 | Send Email
Muscadet is one of the most misunderstood and underappreciated of wines. Often dismissed as a simple white sipper often paired with oysters, I consider today’s Muscadet to be some of the most interesting and versatile white wines on the market. And, the price point simply can’t be beat. This highly reviewed Muscadet has serious complexity on the nose that is both assertive and pleasing. You can immediately tell that this is a wine of fine pedigree. On the palate, the wine is both viscous and bright with zesty acidity that sends it cruising across your tongue. The wine is immensely drinkable now but will also benefit from a few years in the cellar; provided you can keep your hands off it. Is this the Montrachet of Muscadet?

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/10/2019 | Send Email
You don't often see the words SHOWSTOPPER in the review of a Muscadet and especially one that is only $12, but if ever there was one, this is it! I love the clean lines of Muscadet and please remember this has no affiliation with Muscat, the aromatic-often-semi-sweet variety. Muscadet is the region in the western Loire that is famous for its crisp, mineral driven whites with no oak, that pair easily with shell fish (it is one of the most classic oyster pairings out there) while also making an equally great aperitif. We've been playing with the extra-lees-aged versions from Haut Bourg as well as a few other producers' and they have really elevated the overall quality and intrigue that is coming out of Muscadet. But, I must say, this is one of the best classic, sur lie aged versions I have ever tasted. It is a remarkable Muscadet that delivers Pippin apple, lemon zest and wet stone on the nose. It has tension and length on the palate. It is complex, yet quaffable. Just a remarkable overall expression that will more than satisfy fans of Chablis, Pinot Grigio or any other fans of clean vibrant whites.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Melon de Bourgogne

- A white wine grape that originated in Burgundy, Melon de Bourgogne has, sadly, essentially vanished from that region. But fans of the varietal need not despair; its virtual disappearance from this pricy zip code has not prevented it from thriving in the Loire Valley, where it is made into the affordable, zippy, mineral, citrusy wines of Muscadet that pair so well with oysters. The best of those wines come from the region Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine. It is sometimes simply referred to as Muscadet.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.