$14, 2 stars, 86 points, france, loire valley, melon de bourgogne, muscadet, sur lie, VWTC
We kicked off the 31st virtual wine tasting with this Muscadet that has been aged Sur Lie. It was served chilled and then at room temp- both of which failed to impress. The nose lacked any evidence of the aging process, ie. brioche, yeast or any other clue. The palate did reveal a slightly fuller body, but alas nada on the expected flavor profile. Instead, we got a wine that had aromas of pear, crunchy yellow apple, lanolin, honeysuckle, Seaspray and tangerine peel. The wine had medium acidity (another non-conformist point), was medium bodied and showed a medium lemon color with low viscosity (12% ABV). I noted the wine had a short finish and was not complex at all. Served at room temp it was more flabby and the fruit seemed bruised. We finally got a hint of the aging process- King’s Hawaiian Roll plus some beeswax and lanolin in addition to the aforementioned flavors. It also turned a touch bitter and pithy. Really not my cup of tea- it got an average of 8 points on our scoring sheets and I would give this $14 effort 86 points making it a 2 star wine. Drink now with seafood or a Cobb salad. Salut….