Chateau de la Petite Giraudriere, Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire, France, 2012
Varietal melon de bourgogne, bottled when still on its lees early in the year following harvest, and so does not undergo any racking. Screw cap closure, 12% abv, £8, The Co-op.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity gold, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, medium (+) intensity, youthful with aromas of orchard fruit – ripe cooking apple and conference pear, then white grapefruit.
Palate – a dry wine, with high acidity, a slight gummy grip, medium alcohol and a medium (-) body, with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of orchard fruit – more green apple on the palate, and more citrus – grapefruit and hints of lemon, with a clean, medium (+) finish.
Quality – a wine of good quality, with fresh acidity in balance with alcohol and the overall intensity of flavour; there is a good concentration of a modest range of flavours, with a good persistence and a clean slightly gummy finish. This wine should keep for a year or so, and is certainly an alternative to a plain or petit Chablis, which although with high acidity, does not have the piercing acidity and citrus power of the Chablis.