Pierre-Henri Gadais, Melon Blanc Vendange Nocturne, Nantes, France NV



If you have heard of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, this is very similar – from the same area and the same grape variety just labelled and made slightly differently. We would say this is the modern style of Muscadet and we LOVE it.

From the vineyards to the Western Loire Valley almost completely surrounded by the Sèvre river, this 9 hectare estate benefits from a unique micro-climate and Pierre-Henri is able to select the best plot for each style of wine. To create a wine which best accentuates the vibrancy of Melon de Bourgogne (Melon Blanc) he chose ‘La Cantire’, a fully organic, north-facing plot with schist soil. Grapes were harvested in the cool of the night (again for maximum freshness) and fermentation was carried out using natural yeasts.

Unlike the richer style of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie (which is bottled in the Spring after harvest), Vendange Nocturne is bottled in early December with no lees ageing and is naturally lower in alcohol (11%). Pierre-Henri’s decision to name the variety – Melon Blanc – on the label means the wine can only be classified as a Vin de France, even though it originates from one of the best sites in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine.

Although this is made from 100% organically farmed grapes, they have chosen not to certify it as organic (lots of producers do this due to the amount of red tape with organic farming), instead that have labelled it sustainable.

Light and vibrant, this is a perfect wine for the garden on a Summers day with beautiful citrus and stone fruit notes, a typical touch of salinity and spritz on the finish. The alcohol is 11% so refreshingly light and really nice for a glass at lunchtime.

Hailing from the western Loire, this pairs well with a variety of seafood, fruits de mers, mussels and simply cooked fish but works equally as well with really light salads such as mozzarella and basil. If you like your fish fried in butter then this is a perfect as the acidity of the wine cuts right through that richness – delicious!

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