Producer: Domaine de la Batardiere
Wine: 2018 Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie
Varietal: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
Harvest/Vinification: After fermentation, the wine is aged on its lees all winter long. It is bottled in the spring. This method is used to express all its complexity and its aromatic intensity.
Palate: Light to medium-bodied with freshness, often floral and fruity notes and crisp acidity
Food: Seafood-based Canapés, oysters, crab quiche, seafood and vegetable salad with roasted peppers and radicchio
Cellaring: Drink now or enjoy through 2022
DOMAINE DE LA BATARDIERE
Muscadet de Sevre et Maine, Loire
Located in the village of Gorges, 35 miles from where the Loire River meets the Atlantic Ocean, this estate covers 75 acres. Grapes have been grown and wine made in this part of the Loire since the Middle Ages.
Domaine de la Batardière has records of its vineyard leases dating from the 14th century. Property of the Aulanier family since 1767, the buildings and gardens at La Batardière bear a strong Italian influence. The vines grow in a light alluvial soil over limestone. The winemaker is Thomas Batardière.
The Muscadet Sèvre et Maine area extends across some twenty communes to the south east of Nantes. It takes its name from the two rivers flowing through the vineyards: the Sèvre Nantaise and the Maine.
Recognized in 1936, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine is one of France’s oldest AOCs. It is the largest regional appellation of the Nantes wine region in terms of surface area and production volume, with 15,808 acres and 425 winegrowers. Located between the Sèvre and the Maine (the two last tributaries of the Loire before it reaches the ocean), this appellation is authorized to use the ‘sur lie’ method.
Information by: Wines of Muscadet
A varied structure of igneous and metamorphic rock from the Massif Armoricain, made up mainly of gneiss and mica schist, with smaller quantities of green-stone and granite. The soils are composed of gneiss, orthogneiss, granite, schist and gabbro.
The climate is temperate and oceanic, with precipitation evenly spread throughout the year. There are climatic variations from one end of the region to the other caused by the varying distances from the coast, the Loire or other bodies of water.