In the April 2015 issue of Food & Wine there is an article on Muscadet written by Alex Halberstadt. In the article he espouses the virtues of the wine. To our surprise, or maybe not, he listed his Top 10 producers in Muscadet. Not to our surprise was a wine we pour at The Spiced Pear: Domaine de la Pépière, Clos des Briords. Chef Duffy always has raw oysters on the menu, this week they were from Duxbury, MA.
Our Chef is aware of the local boom in oyster farms hence he features local oysters on a regular basis-a true locavore. (Oyster farms are not to be confused with farmed fish—they actually benefit the environment, are supported by non-profits devoted to water quality, and are considered much tastier than wild oysters; 95% of the oysters we eat come from oyster farms.) The French wash their oysters down with Muscadet as well as a steely Chablis or a citrusy Sancerre. But Muscadet is really a perfect pairing. The wine is not complex but it does possess that all-important ingredient—acidity, that ingredient that keeps your palate alive. The Clos des Briords is a single vineyard wine featuring vines that are 60 years old. It’s all good! Because of the old vines and the single vineyard nature of this example of Muscadet, it tends to be a bit lusher, brinier, with great minerality on the palate: it is more of a sensation than an overloaded fruity wine.
Muscadet, for those that don’t know, is a region at the mouth of the Loire River, outside the large port of Nantes. Another beautiful quality of Muscadets is their prices, which pale in comparison to Chablis or Sancerre! Like most French wines, the labels list the region, not the grape. So, to clear things up, the grape is Melon de Bourgogne. Now beyond oysters, Muscadet will pair well with an array of seafood dishes, lightly dressed salads and poultry dishes which Chef Duffy has on the menu always. Discover the pleasures of this wine, come to the Spiced Pear, grab a bottle and a dozen oysters and enjoy the sweeping view of Easton’s Cove and beyond: the experience may make you feel like you are on the coast of France!