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  1. Garzon Tannat Single Vineyard Uruguay 2015
    WS91
    WE91
    JS92
    $25.98
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    92 Points!  This is round and very silky with a lovely texture and intensity. Full body, round and polished tannins. Lots of blueberry, cherry and hints of mineral and stone. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com
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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Claude Branger Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres Saint Fiacre 2014
    VM91
    $21.98
    Availability:In Stock
    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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  5. Garzon Tannat Reserve Uruguay 2016
    JS92
    $14.98
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    92 Points! Iodine, ink, tar, crushed stones and dark plum essence. This has all the hallmarks of a fruity tannat, but it's in no way too much. It combines a lovely firm tannin backbone with tangy acidity, which carries all the way to the savory finish. Drink now. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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  6. Domaine de l'Ecu Granite Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2015
    VM92
    $16.98
    Availability:Out of Stock
    92 Points!  The 2015 Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite is an icon to many wine lovers. Domaine de l’Ecu has been certified organic since 1972 and converted to biodynamic practices in 1998. The 2015 showcases terroir remarkably well, as do the other different versions of Muscadet wine, such as Gneiss and Orthogneis bottlings, which are made from totally different soils. These wines age sur-lie for 15-18 months and deliver a layered complexity that is unlike that of other Muscadets, but clearly, an attraction to strong earthy, savory character in white wines is necessary to fully appreciate what Domaine de l’Ecu does so well.
     
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  7. Cruse Wine Company Tannat Alder Springs Vineyard 2015
    VM90
    $44.98
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    90 Points!  Michael Cruse's 2015 Tannat Alder Springs is bold and intense, and yet the huge tannins typical of this variety have been largely tamed. A host of earthy, savory notes add aromatic complexity to the deeply expressive, varietal fruit. The 2015 is bold and rustic (there is only so much one can do with Tannat) and yet all the elements are beautifully balanced. The Tannat was vinified in concrete and aged in barrel. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
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