Name: 2005 Domaine de la Batardiere Muscadet
Grape: Melon de Bourgogne
Region: Loire Valley, France
Price: $7.99 to $9.99
Muscadet is the perfect oyster wine, it's also the perfect summer wine! Bright minerality with zippy citrus, apple fruit make this wine an easy match with lighter summer fare and an excellent refresher on a hot summer's day.
Muscadet is produced in France's Loire Valley and is made solely from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, which is often simply called, Melon. This dry white wine is undergoing a renaissance, with more and more people discovering and enjoying its easy drinking style.
Oftentimes the label will state sur lie, which simply means that the fruit rested for a time on the grape sediment or lees. Winemakers will do this to add more flavor and complexity to the wine, the Melon grape tends to be rather neutral and benefits from this process.
The 2005 Domaine de la Batardiere is a great example of Muscadet; light, crisp and clean with interesting melon and lime flavors. This is an excellent wine to enjoy with lunch, though don't wreck yourself trying to over analyze it. These are simple wines meant to be consumed.
Stores: Beacon Wines & Spirits, $7.99 (2120 Broadway between 74th & 75th Street), Smith & Vine, $8.00 (246 Smith St. @ Douglass, Brooklyn), Martin Brothers $8.99 (2781 Broadway @ 107th Street), Beverages & More $9.99 (multiple locations, online retailer), Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board $8.99 (online)