Muscadet is amazing with shellfish—

On days off, Neptune probably surfs around his realm brandishing his trident while gorging on shellfish. There’s no doubt in my mind that the ocean god’s barnacle-encrusted goblet is overflowing with the greatest seaside white wine of them all – Muscadet.

Grown around Nantes at the mouth of the River Loire, the Melon de Bourgogne grape takes on a uniquely magical seaspray freshness in Muscadet.

There’s even more character and texture when aged ‘sur lie’ – dead yeast – which may sound unappealing but in fact imbues the wine with extra depth and moreish richness.

It’s one of my favourite summer aperitifs, amazing with shellfish and nimble in alcohol, which also makes it spot-on for lunchtime sipping. But best of all? Muscadet is still ludicrously underpriced, proving Neptune loves a bargain.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

NEPTUNE’S NUTTY BOY: Domaine de la Tourmaline Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2017 (12%) £7.99 Majestic. Richly textured, pair with salted almonds. *Mix Six

SALTY SEADOG: Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, Domaine de la Fruitière, Grande Reserve 2017 (12%) £9.54 castang-wines.co.uk. Striking as a nectarine dipped in salt.

FRUITS DE MER: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sue Lie, Domaine le Fief de la Brie 2017 (12%) £9.95 tanners-wines.co.uk. An apple riding a lemony jetski, this is Neptune’s soul.

MUST-BUY MUSCADET: Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine sur Lie, Domaine de la Mortaine AC 2017 (12%) £11.25 yapp.co.uk. Buy this sensational Muscadet at once.

WINE OF THE WEEK

The Exquisite Collection Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie 2018 (12%) £5.69 Aldi. Zesty icon, as snappy as a crocodile in a Savile Row suit.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 21st April 2019

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