Nuit Boreale Bonnet-Huteau, Muscadet Sparkling Wine, Chardonnay and Melon de Bourgogne
Blend: Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne
From: Bonnet-Hateau, Loire, France
Chardonnay, a name so familiar to wine lovers around the world that many do not realize that it is the name of a white grape variety. In its Burgundian homeland, Chardonnay has long been the sole vine responsible for all of the finest white Burgundy. Until the mid 1990s, rich, oaky varietals were the height of modishness but this has been followed by a trend towards leaner, more appetizing, and less oak-dominated Chardonnays.
Melon, or Melon de Bourgogne, the most planted grape variety in the Loire valley, planted on 10,798 ha/26,671 acres in 2011 and famous in only one respect and one region, Muscadet. As its full name suggests, its origins are Burgundian, and this is one of the many progeny of Pinot and Gouais Blanc. Melon was outlawed from Burgundy just like Gamay at various times during the 16th and 17th centuries. Unlike its fellow white Burgundian and sibling Chardonnay, several of whose synonyms include the word Melon, it is not a noble grape variety but it does resist cold well and produces quite regularly and generously.
Since 2005 Jean-Jacques, Rémi Bonnet and Vincent Pineau, passionate winegrowers, operate Domaine Bonnet-Huteau, a family property for more than 150 years, in the center of the Sèvre et Maine appellation. They strive to develop the full range of flavors of high-expression Muscadet and the minerality of each terroir (gneiss, mica schists, amphibolite and granite). Viticulture, respectful of the soil and nature, is now carried out using biodynamic methods.
Taste: It is a fresh and elegant wine with aromas of white fruits.
Pairing: Shrimp, oysters, and shellfish. Avocados or green vegetables (kale, broccoli, green beans).
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