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Domaine de la Noë, 44690 Château-Thébaud, France,

Based in the tiny hamlet of Chateau Thebaud are the wonderful vineyards of Domaine de la Noe. Owned and cultivated by the Drouard brothers, their Muscadet’s offer the very best from the most classic of all the Loire regions.

Vignoble Drouard Muscadet Fief de l'Ancruere 2019
Grower : Domaine de la Noe
Bottle SizeDPDEx-cellar
750 ml£6.44€3.29
375 ml£3.65€1.67
Tim Atkin (16/07/2020)
Muscadet is something of a forgotten area these days, but at its best this Atlantic-influenced Loire region can make truly sublime whites that are both complex and affordable. This example from the Drouard brothers was fermented in chestnut wood – not something you find much in France or elsewhere these days – and is refreshing, textured and layered, with notes of pear and citrus, leesy weight, a hint of wood spice and a dry, tapering, almost salty finish. As good as many Chablis Premiers Crus, this is a Melon de Bourgogne that tastes like a classy white Burgundy.
Tim Atkin