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Domaine de la Quilla

Producer: Domaine La Quilla / Saint Martin

Region: Loire Valley

Winemaker: Gérard Vinet

Available Sizes: 750ml

Appellation: Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine

Grape Variety: 100% Melon de Bourgogne

Summary

The Vinet family show their dedication to the variegated terroirs of the Muscadet region in a unique way.

When Gérard and Laurence married, both families had vineyards on different soil types from different villages. It was their vision to retain the individuality of these two locations and make distinct wines labeled under the original family domaines instead of combining them. For this reason, you will find Domaine de la Quilla registered and labeled separately. The small production sparkling wine Maleco is detailed on the Domaine Vinet producer page.

The entry-level estate wine is anything but entry level. Showcasing a crunchy minerality with vivacity and freshness, this wine is aromatic with green apple, citrus, and white peach. The wine is marked by a salty sea breeze and hints of baguette from the lees aging.

Food Pairing

Perfect with raw oysters, steamed mussels, crab cakes, and most anything else from the sea. Also great with mild Asian dishes like dim sum or tempura fried vegetables.

Varietal Notes

Melon de Bourgogne is often times referred to by the region it comes from, Muscadet. As the name implies, this grape was once planted in Burgundy, but was gradually removed through the 16th century in favor of grapes like Chardonnay and Aligoté. It briefly found a home in Anjou, further inland in the Loire valley, and then the Dutch planted it around the city of Nantes in the 17th century. We now associate the character of the wine with the classic lees aging (Sur Lie) that is frequently used for these wines of the Muscadet region. Leaving wine on the yeast (lees) adds body, texture, and a salty minerality that balances gracefully with the natural freshness and acidity of the Melon grape.

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