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  1. Jeremie Huchet & Jeremie Mourat Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres-Saint-Fiacre 2013
    WA91
    $19.98
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    91 Points! From old vines on gneiss, the pale yellow colored 2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Monnières-Saint-Fiacre offers a very clear and reductive nose with spicy-mineral, herbal and white fruit flavors. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, this is an elegant, mineral and persistent wine with a tight structure, clear fruit flavors and a long and refreshing finish with grip. Still young but very promising. - Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate
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  2. Chateau Thebaud Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2010
    $19.98
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    This is not your grandfather’s Muscadet.  While Muscadet has long been recognized as one of the world’s great value wines, there is much more to the region. The cru communaux (communal crus) were initially set up in 2011 and now total 11 in number (as of 2017). These are distinct crus (think cru Beaujolais as a comparison) that were associated with unique soil types where exceptional examples of Muscadet’s grape, Melon de Bourgogne, were consistently harvested. Lower yields and longer aging sur lie (a minimum of 18 months on the lees and 2 years total elevage is required) help to ensure only the very best wines carry the cru names on them. Only 1% of all Muscadet is cru communaux!
     
    The ‘Curious Beasts’ vinify the crus separately using the same farming and winemaking techniques for each. They focus on old, head-trained vines (most are more than 50 years old), organic farming, and minimal intervention winemaking. After fermentation the wines are aged for long periods of time in underground cement tanks on the lees. By keeping everything the same between plots, they clearly demonstrate the differences in terroir.  Chateau-Thebaud is comprised of 50-year-old vines planted at a dense 7000 vines/ha on clay gravel atop granite.   The grapes are hand harvested, slowly pressed and cold settled. The native yeast fermentation occurs in underground tanks with no lees stirring and the wine is aged on those lees solids for 5 years before bottling.
     
    The result is this riveting white.  The Jérémie’s Chateau Thebaud Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2010, at age eight, is remarkably vigorous, and shows no sign of tapering off.  The bright flavor band hurls intense stony minerality, skin-on pear, lime, honey, orange and almond, with a changing profile every sip.  High pitched yet creamy through the middle, this engages all of the palate and finishes with a snappy salinity.  It gets your attention, shows invigorating complexity, and has plenty of tension and grip to keep everything nicely humming along.  
     
    Great producer, outstanding ‘cru’, exceptional vintage, this is Muscadet at its very best.  This is Muscadet that can play with the ‘big boys’ from anywhere and change people’s expectations of what the region can do, even though only a handful of vignerons work at this level.  If you are a fan of Chablis, northern Italian or Austrian whites, or crisp whites in particular, this will be right in your wheel house.  The best part is that you can get this ‘game changer’ for under $20.  
    Good hunting.
     
     
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  3. Claude Branger Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres Saint Fiacre 2014
    VM91
    $21.98
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    91-92 Points! Still in tank and at least a year away from bottling when I last tasted it in late July 2016, this displays a harder stony and alkaline mineral character than the corresponding 2010 tasted alongside. Bright, piquantly pip-tinged apple, lime and white currant fruit create an invigorating and bracing palate presence, leading to a rapier, refreshing finish. - David Schildknecht, Vinous Media
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