GET A GRIP ON LA GRIFFE
Bernard Chéreau is the largest vineyard owner in the Muscadet Sèvre & Maine appellation. His signature La Griffe cuvée is made of 100 % Melon de Bourgogne, the local dominant planted indigenous white grape variety. Grown along the last stretches of the valley of the Loire River before it flows into the Atlantic Ocean, Muscadet’s location, and natural affinity to seafood, are legendary. “Sur Lie,” identified on the label, means the wine is left on the spent lees, used up yeasts from the fermentation, until filtration and bottling. This adds yeasty, nutty, biscuity flavours as well as a faint effervescence to the wine. Muscadet is meant to be drunk young and fresh. So get a grip on a bottle or two to match your favourite seafood dish. A classic pairing is mussels steamed in this very wine. Using the shell of one mussel, doing double-double duty as pincers, just pick up the remaining mussels, one by one, enjoy them and wash them down with a cool glass of La Griffe. And once finished, take the liquid and sop it up with torn-off chunks of a crunchy, crusted baguette. Yummee!