Rooftop BBQ. (Mark & Karrie's): Hello stranger. I don't recall who brought this, but it was a welcome surprise. This was the first Muscadet I ever bought and tasted back in '96 when I first started working at Garnet. David Lillie popped this open in the back of the store and explained to me that the vines were 80+ years old and that Muscadet wasn't just thin, acidic oyster cleansers, but that under great masters like Marc Ollivier and with great terroir, they can be brilliant, age-worthy wines. Though my cellar inventory still says I have one bottle, I believe I drank my last one around 1999. At age 14, this wine is showing fresh, though certainly more grown up. It's taken on that Chablis-like roundness and softened mid-palate that good old Muscadet get with age. Briney and mineral with a touch of lemon. A Muscadet that makes you think a little rather than one that just slaps you awake. Low A-.
Intense and expressive nose of sea spray, wet rocks, and lemon oil. Still crisp acidity on the first sip, but finishes long and round, just delicious and ready to go. Should be fine for further aging too.
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