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When are sur lie wines bottled?

btwn March 1 and Nov 30 of the year following harvest


What does the sur lie process add to the wine?

complexity, richness, slight sparkle 

  • sur lie wines are aged on their lees over the winter, and are bottled directly off the fine lees (without filtering) btwn March 1 and Nov 30 of the year following harvest


What is "Hermine d'Or"?

  • Unofficial label term, used by some producers in Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine (Guy Bossard), that promotes terroir and stresses ageability 
  • Badge of quality for better wines


Name a producer from Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine who uses the label term "Hermine d'Or".

Guy Bossard

  • "Hermine d'Or" - term that promotes terroir and stresses age-ability, a badge of quality for the better wines


Muscadet Sévre-et-Maine accounts for what % of Muscadet production?



The wines of Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine are sourced from a collection of how many communes?

23 communes


What % of Sévre-et-Maine production is bottled sur lie?

Nearly half, 50%


What are the soils of Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine?

 complex range of gneiss, silica, claygranite


Describe the wines of Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire AOP.

  • More northerly appellation, leaner
  • Excellent source in warmer vintages 


What is the newest Muscadet AOP?

  • Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu AOP, created in 1994
  • Struggle to achieve quality beyond basic Muscadet


In what year was the Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu AOP created?


  • Wines struggle to achieve quality beyond basic Muscadet


What are the 3 subzones introduced for Muscadet-Sévre-et-Maine in 2011?

  • Clisson
  • Le Pallet
  • Gorges
    • More new crus may soon follow
    • Although the minimum length of aging for each subzone precludes the use of sur lie on the label, wines from these areas may become some of the finest expressions of the Melon grape available


With the elimination of the VDQS tier in 2011, what 3 new regions in Pays Nantais gained AOC status?

  • Gros Plant du Pays Nantais
  • Coteaux d'Ancenis
  • Fiefs Vendéens


Name the 4 appellations for Muscadet.

  • Muscadet AOP 
  • Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine AOP
  • Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire AOP 
  • Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu AOP