A Muscadet that hits the bulls-eye!

                    Flex your mussels!

British mussels are best when there is a letter “r” in the month ie September to April.  Muscadet is the traditional partner – and rightly so!
This Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, from the Gobins brothers, is absolutely perfect – so time to get the big pot and glasses out!

2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Grand Fief de Retail, Loire Valley, France

We had been looking for the perfect Muscadet for some time and have hit the bulls-eye here.  Really classic style – aromas and flavours of autumn apples with a touch of baked bread.  Crisp, clean and zesty. Lip smackingly refreshing with a chalky, mineral note on the finish.
This wine comes from vineyards which are situated between the Sèvre and Maine rivers, hence the famous appellation name Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine. Brothers Christophe and Cedric Gobin own 60 hectares of vineyards and Gobin Frères have been making wines for four generations.
The crisp acidity and saline note of this Muscadet make it the perfect partner for classic Moules Marinère (try and get them from a rope-grown source) and a tip is to add a splash of the wine to make the sauce/jus!
Otherwise serve this Muscadet as an aperitif.  It would also go well with all other shellfish as well as smoked salmon (hot or cold).  Works nicely with a plate of vegetable crudités served with a selection of dips too.
Nick Adams MW

£9 each