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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 3 
TypeWhite
ProducerDomaine de l'Aujardière (Eric Chevalier)
VarietyMelon de Bourgogne
DesignationSur Lie
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionLoire Valley
SubRegionPays Nantais
AppellationMuscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu
UPC Code(s)761503512482

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink by 2011 (based on 1 user opinion)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 87.2 pts. and median of 88 pts. in 21 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Gparker on 6/23/2013: I bought this specifically to see what would happen with some age on a muscadet. The nice snappy acid died away making for a more round and less full taste, like it died off too quickly. I think I prefer my muscadets young. (1647 views)
 Tasted by kstoddard on 1/17/2013 & rated 91 points: Blind Night (Kevin): Pale golden yellow color. Light tropical fruit aromatics. Tastes of melon and lemon with a salty minerality. Well balanced. Long finish with some nice depth and complexity. (2506 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 12/24/2012 & rated 89 points: A very decent Muscadet and good value too. Paired perfectly with some top-notched tinned seafoody Spanish tapas, I thought this was a notch better than the last bottle I had. Unusually for a Muscadet at this price range, I preferred it when it was not absolutely chilled. At just below room temperature and having had the benefit of some air in the glass, this showed a very classic nose of wet stone and a touch of seashell scents mingling amidst some white fruit and lime aromas. The palate was marked by lots of fresh lemony acidity, citrussy flavours of limes and grapefruit, and a micely minerally end, which all helped to make it a lovely match for the seafood. Simple, a bit short, but very decent stuff indeed, and I would have no hesitation recommending it as a wine to be enjoyed young over a simple meal. (2567 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 12/9/2012 & rated 88 points: Decent wine, especially at its price point. Over lunch with William, this went pleasantly well with prawn noodles and ngoh hiang. It had a savoury, salty nose of limes and lemons on a bed of saline mineral aromas. There was nice touch of complexity on the nose for a wine at this level. The palate was quite the archetypcal Muscadet, with tons of high acidity slicing its way through citrus lime and lemony fruit flavours, into a finish of slatey mineral, salty seashelly notes and a touch of spice. This is a wine made for food, it was almost sharp in its acidity when had on its own, but when paired with seafoody stuff, it was a very pleasant lunch wine. (2550 views)
 Tasted by dke on 7/26/2012 & rated 86 points: The wine opens up after several hours and was better on day 2, with pineapple, lime and lemon on the nose and tart citrus palate with very good acidity. Overall very clean but quite simple. (2839 views)
 Tasted by jbrekke on 7/10/2012: Great summer wine. Nice minerality with lemon/apple. (1470 views)
 Tasted by dsgris on 4/21/2011 & rated 87 points: Clear, dry and crisp. (2317 views)
 Tasted by Richard Jennings on 2/27/2011 & rated 84 points: Light medium lemon yellow color; clean, fresh, tart citrus, tart lemon nose that's youthful and appealing; simple tart citrus, tart apple, lemon palate with medium acidity, light-medium body; short finish (acceptable but not very interesting Muscadet) (2176 views)
 Tasted by 100aocs on 2/23/2011: Serve this chilled, and then chill it some more! We drank this out of ice-water bucket and everyone agreed that the wine improved as it got colder.
This wine has a beautiful, seashore morning, sky color; enjoyable sharp taste, with welcome sur lie fizz and very strong minerality, fast finish to my palate, but I see people disagree below.
I paired this incorrectly with a tomato fish stew; I had it again with oysters, which is considered the classic pairing, but that also was lacking.
I would actually serve this wine before dinner, maybe with smoked salmon on wheat crackers, or a light, ever so slightly briny cheese. (2423 views)
 Tasted by TheDoppelganger on 2/20/2011 & rated 88 points: Perfect complement to the bordetto last night. (2296 views)
 Tasted by nubbin on 11/11/2010 & rated 88 points: Appearance: Clear, pale yellow.
Nose: Clean, fresh orchard fruit.
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium- alcohol, light-to-medium bodied, moderate intensity crisp apple, light honeydew, and flint with a bright, moderately long finish with a touch of tartness.
Nice quality. Drink now.
Cork closure. 12% abv. FW (D 7, F 6; KL, Nappi) (2514 views)
 Tasted by talesofthegrape on 11/9/2010: Crisp acid with a definite floral quality and a creamy "leesy" texture. (2584 views)
 Tasted by Cantina Hill's on 10/10/2010 & rated 88 points: nice acid and fruit with a little salryness. (2302 views)
 Tasted by Beavis77 on 8/12/2010: Bright salinity on the nose. Lemon lime notes. A bit of the citrus zest.
Clean, saline and lemony. Refreshing, if a bit tart. Medium finish with loads of limestone. (2754 views)
 Tasted by nzinkgraf on 8/11/2010: seaside-ishness. one of my favorite tasting terms. salty air as it runs over shells crushed over thousands of years. the inside of ocean-side sand. this really does open up to show rather powerful fruit for muscadet, but the lighter style body still emphasizes the refreshing mineral encrusted acidity of this wine. soft feijoa (aka guavasteen) fruit. (2563 views)
 Tasted by hutch on 8/3/2010 & rated 88 points: Realy nice. Bright. A little saltiness. Nice finish. High quality stuff. I think of the top ten whites under $20 I've had in the last couple months, 4 of them would be Muscadet, including this bottling. 88+ (2550 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 6/29/2010: More tropical on the nose then I remember it being. Sprightly and fresh on the palate. With hints of sea and saline. This is very good stuff! Maybe competitive with NZ SB! Well, maybe not. But still good! (2570 views)

Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Recently Tasted Loire Valley Gems Superb 2009s and Plenty of Excellent Recent Vintages
(Muscadet-sur-Lie “Côtes du Grand Lieu” – Domaine Eric Chevalier) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/27/2011)
(Domaine de l'Aujardière (Eric Chevalier) Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie) Light medium lemon yellow color; clean, fresh, tart citrus, tart lemon nose that's youthful and appealing; simple tart citrus, tart apple, lemon palate with medium acidity, light-medium body; short finish (acceptable but not very interesting Muscadet)  84 points
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