Appellation Muscadet Générale
This appellation is dedicated exclusively to the production of crisp white wine from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. Perhaps the most famous partner for oysters, the food-friendly wines complement a wide variety of cuisines.
Location: This large appellation is on the western-most edge of the Val de Loire vineyard, bordered by Brittany to the north, by the Mauges foothills and Vendée forest to the east and southeast, by the Breton marshes flood plain to the southwest and the Retz Atlantic coastline to the west.
3,600 hectares / 8,895 acres
Soil: The soil is a varied structure of igneous and metamorphic rock from the Massif Armoricain, mainly made up of gneiss, mica schist, and smaller quantities of greenstone and granite.
Climate: The entire area benefits from a temperate oceanic climate with even rainfall throughout the year. Between one end of the vineyards and the other, slight differences in climate are caused by variations in the distance from the coast, the Loire or other bodies of water.
214,000 hl / 5,653,000 gallons
Grape Varieties: Melon de Bourgogne
Growing/Production Practices: Approximately 7,000 vines/hectare. Simple 10-eye Guyot pruning is used. “Sur Lie” (on the lees) production is a very old tradition, formalized in 1977, and is specific to the Nantes region.
Appearance: Pale straw yellow with green reflections
Nose: Floral and fruity, with occasional mineral notes
Flavors: Light-bodied with a lean freshness and crisp acidity
Omelet with dill, scallion and Thai chile
Cavatelli with mussels
Salmon and spinach cakes