Château du Coing de St. Fiacre Cuvée Excellence 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AC Sur Lie
Tasted June 2012
Appearance - Clear and bright, medium, minus lemon green colour with a broad watery rim. Very few visible tears.
Nose - clean and youthful with medium minus intensity aromas of green fruit resembling green apples, quince and just a slight trace of amylic pear, also a citrus touch of lemon, lime and fresh white flowers.
Palate - bone dry wine with high acidity a little green but refreshing, a light medium minus level of alcohol and a light body showing a carbon dioxide petillance. Medium minus flavour intensity is consistently focused on green fruits, green apple and its peel, citric notes of lemons and limes. A noticeable saline, chalky touch and a hint of yeasty lees on the medium length after-taste.
Conclusions (14,5/20)- good quality wine, shows sense of place, some mineral complexity and absolutely refreshing character, with zesty green and citric flavours, which are just slightly under-ripe. The petillant feeling on the palate is a bit off putting for me, but I admit there is a market for this. Ready to drink, not intended for ageing whatsoever. This style is perfect for salty grilled fish like sardines, seafood, especially shellfish, oysters, and acidic salads.
This is a wine for hardcore fans of almost unsweetened lemonade and sour cocktails, not quite my case, but its also a wine that paired with the right kind of food, and here I think it screams oysters, will start fitting right in.