The Lidl French wine sale kicks off in stores on March 20th. In advance of the sale I’ve picked two to try. I’ve purposely steered away from the traditional white wines such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc and opted for something a little less mainstream in the form of a Riesling and Muscadet from Lidl. You can find my thoughts on the Riesling here.
*Note: I was not asked to write about the wine by Lidl. The bottle was however sent as a review item and as a fan of Muscadet I chose it personally from the French wine sale list*
The Muscadet region is in the south-east of Nantes near the Loire river. A huge wine-producing region, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine is produced in higher volumes than any other appellation in the region. Chéreau Carré is a renowned family run vineyard covering over 260 acres. The Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Chéreau Carré AOP 2015 is retailing in Lidl for €9.99 with 12% abv. Muscadet is made with the Melon de Bourgogne grape.
The Muscadet is pale lemon with a crisp refreshing taste. It has a light spritz to it and a long finish. It’s gentle on the nose, not overly pronounced, more subtle. It has aromas and flavours of honey, pear and citrus with some mineral qualities. The Muscadet has been fermented sur lie which in lay mans terms means the wine has been left in contact with the yeast particles for a period of time. This process can give the wine a great depth of flavour and in this case a freshness.
Muscadet pairs well with a range of seafood dishes such as mussels, crab and salmon. It also goes incredibly well with cheese, Swiss, Raclette and Gouda. As an alternative, due to its acidity it has also been known to be paired with spicy foods. Overall an enjoyable good quality wine at a reasonable price. You can find it on shelves in Lidl for a limited time during the French wine sale beginning March 20th.