This wine has been my imaginary summer jam. I picture rolling it out at just about every occasion, for no reason other than we should all be drinking more good, decade-old Muscadet. Unfortunately, at around 30 bucks, it’s a bit too pricey to pour with Vinho Verde-like irreverence. On the other hand, though, it’s a hand-crafted, 10-year-old Cru Muscadet from an organic producer for around $30 bucks, so it’s also kind of a steal.
More after the jump.
The 2004 Gorges was bottled as a collaborative effort between Jérémie Huchet of Domaine de la Chauvinière and Jérémie Mourat of Clos St. André. It’s impressive. The purity and depth of fruit is pretty profound, and it’s so fresh! It’s leesy, round and nutty from the two years it spends, unstirred, aging in barrel.
Jérémie’s wines pack minerality, and is, in my opinion the keystone of the Gorges. And it’s not just mineral, it’s degrees, layers, styles and diversity of mineral working in revelry. The Gorges Cru is known for basalt-rich soils and the organic vineyards see no pesticides, herbicides and, of course, are hand-tended and picked. It’s natural winemaking that is just hands-off enough, and the wines are precise, complex and the best are, as seen here, seriously able to thrive with age.
If you don’t already, drink Muscadet.