This wine has a huge name so firstly I’m going to break it down.
“Domaine de la Grenaudiere” is the producer, Guy, and Jean-Luc Olliver who are brothers. “Muscadet Sevre et Maine” is the Appellation, it is located in the North of France, near the Atlantic Ocean on the banks of the Loire river. The region has really turned itself around and is undergoing a slow but interesting transformation with many producers including oak maturation and extended lees contact to improve their wine. Muscadet Sevre et Maine (pronounced Mos-ka-day Sev-rah eh Main) grows one grape variety called Melon de Bourgogne, which as the name suggests originally comes from Burgundy.
It is a white, neutral high acid variety that is frost resistant and ripens fully in cold wet conditions, it is perfectly suited to the damp and cold conditions in this part of France. “Sur Lie” refers to how long the wine has spent on it Lees, it is a legal requirement that if “Sur Lie” is on the label it has spent a minimum of 8 months ageing on its lees, the wine I have chosen has spent 15 months on lees.
Ageing on lees helps flesh out the texture of the wine and add characters of bread, lanolin, and funk. I like this wine, its easy, savoury and goes with a range of summery foods. Lots of funky bready and lanolin aromas on the nose, with green apples, lemon pith and oyster shells. The palate is much more complex, it is a little oily in texture with a driving acidity for balance. It is very dry with a great toasty finish, I get a real brininess with this wine, a salty tang throughout the palate. Drink this with its classic match of oysters, however it also works with fresh prawns, goats cheese, sushi, sashimi, and haloumi it is a great food wine. Cellar for up to 5 years if you want to see that acid drop out a little.