This Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie called La Griffe from Bernard Chéreau-Carré has, unfortunately, disappointed all of us. Maybe because we expected too much from a Muscadet Sur Lie, or perhaps we’ve just been unlucky – considering its many positive community ratings. But the truth is we couldn’t get the true essence of this appellation, at least not in this bottle.
Information: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
- Variety: Muscadet
- Vintage: 2015
- Producer: Chéreau-Carré
- Appellation: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
- Region / Country: France
WSET Level 3 Systematic Approach to Tasting Wine©
- Clarity: clear
- Intensity: pale
- Colour: lemon-green
- Condition: clean
- Intensity: medium
- Aroma characteristics: floral, hints of apple and pear and some citrus fruit
- Development: youthful
- Sweetness: dry
- Acidity: medium (+)
- Alcohol: medium
- Body: medium (-)
- Flavour intensity: medium (-)
- Flavour characteristics: simple flavours of apple, pear and citrus
- Finish: medium (-)
- Quality level: acceptable
- Level of readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: drink now: not suitable for further ageing
There’s nothing wrong with this Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie from Bernard Chéreau-Carré. It’s balanced, crispy and clean. There’s nothing interesting either: no complexity or intensity at all, not a single hint of lees ageing.
Ten people, between sommeliers, wine educators, wine lovers and a master of wine were disappointed by this wine that morning. It was a blind taste and some of us even thought we were tasting a simple Pinot Grigio: we were shocked when we discovered it was a Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie.
Maybe a bad vintage? Or it wasn’t properly stored? Perhaps it was just the wrong bottle.
Sometimes, we all know, bad things just happen. This was the first wine we tasted that day and maybe, who knows, we were supposed to start with a disappointment. Just to remember how cruel or unfair life can it be.
The good thing is, after those bad moments, things can only get better. Knowing that is what makes it easier to get up every morning, to accept new challenges without any fear. I guess this is what this Muscadet wanted to remind us: that you have to turn off the lights to see the stars.