Domaine de la Combe Tradition, Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Sur Lie 2019
If you love Picpoul, try this fab Muscadet from a family estate located in the Loire.
Crisp, flinty notes with a hint of yeasty lees on the nose. The palate is fresh and savoury with the breadth of a warmer vintage and a ripe, almost tropical character to the fruit. A lovely Muscadet. Best with shellfish but would also work well with almost any grilled fish, and a great match with soft and goats cheeses.
Pierre-Henri Gadais's vineyard lies on one of the best sites in the Nantais region at Saint-Fiâcre and is in the process of converting to organic production. Here the soils are layered with orthogneiss, a cracked, mineral-rich rock through which the vine roots weave and nourish the vine. Made traditionally at this small estate, the grapes were hand-picked, lightly pressed to retain their delicacy and purity of flavour, and fermented at cool temperatures to preserve their aromas. The wine was left on its fine lees until the following spring to add complexity and extra richness.