Muscadet wine speaks to explain Muscadet wine, what is Muscadet wine and how is Muscadet wine made and the taste of such.
This wine is a French white wine which is produced in the western area of the Loire Valley near the city of Nantes in the pays de la Loire region in Brittany.
There is more Muscadet than any other wine produced in the region and is made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape.
As a rule in France, Appellation d'origine contrôlée wines are named either after their growing region or after their varietal (the latter in Alsace only). The name 'Muscadet' is therefore an exception. The name seems to refer to a characteristic of the wine produced by the melon grape varietal : vin qui a un goût musqué - 'wine with a musk-like taste'.
The generic 'Muscadet' appellation, officially established in 1937, contains three regional sub-appellations: Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, officially established in 1936, covering 20,305 acres with 21 villages in the Loire-Atlantique department and 2 in the Maine-et-Loire department. These regions produce over 80% of all the wines.
By the 1900s the wine began to be ill thought of in the global wine market and earned a reputation of having little taste and being simple. As new wine making techniques were implemented and the technology to improve flavours especially the rise in oak barrel fermentation the wine came back into favour.
There now exist a wide range of styles and quality of Muscadet.
At the turn of the 21st century there were over 2,500 vineyards in the Muscadet region wine or sell their grapes to one of the forty plus négociants in the region. These négociants would blend and bottle the wine under their own label.
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