Clos de la Févrie Orthogneiss Muscadet Sèvre et Maine is an ideal wine for icy, freshly shucked oysters but is also rich enough for moist roasted birds, or grilled sole.
Muscadet (say moose-kah-day) is the classic coastal seafood wine of France. The grape of the Muscadet region is called Melon de Bourgogne, and it resembles Chardonnay. Not far from the chilly north Atlantic coast, the Caillé family have been winegrowers for five generations. Vincent Caillé took over the family vineyard in 1986, and began farming organically in 1996. Because this is especially challenging in the harsh and wet Atlantic climate, organic Muscadet is a rare commodity. Now the vines blossom on living soils that have recovered their wild tulips and microbiotic life. Clos de la Févrie is a very special single vineyard planted on orthogneiss soil, a, mineral rich rock formed from cooled lava. The first duty of a Muscadet is to be fresh and vibrant, and this one is almost wildly so – juicy and lemon-crisp and extraordinarily minerally. It’s an ideal wine for icy, freshly shucked oysters (which is how I start the Thanksgiving feast) but is also rich enough for moist roasted birds, or grilled sole.