Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Melon de Bourgogne is better known as Muscadet, the name of the wine that it produces. This is the dominant grape of the area around Nantes on the coast of Brittany, where the Loire meets the Atlantic Ocean. Muscadet has such a bracing sea tang, and such an affinity for the shellfish of the Breton coast – especially the superlative Belon oysters of the region – that it may come as a surprise that the Melon de Bourgogne is a relatively recent arrival, and its dominance in the region was the result of one terrible winter.
- Muscadet Sevre et Maine
- Muscadet Cotes de Grandieu
- Muscadet Coteaux de la Loire
Loire Valley wines set the international standard for Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Franc. Loire Valley Pinot Noir, Malbec and Gamay are also excellent. And Melon de Bourgonge (Muscadet) Grolleau and Pineu d’Aunis are grown nowhere else.