A Classic Match for Oysters

Domaine de la Tourmaline Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2007
Dana Nigro
Posted: July 15, 2009

For my birthday, my husband took me for the first time to Hundred Acres, a restaurant run by the owners of Cookshop and Five Points—two of our New York favorites—in the same seasonal, farm-fresh vein. It was a clear, mild summer evening, a joy after an unusually long string of thunderstorm-drenched days, and we sat in the front room by the doors opened onto MacDougal Street, a fresh breeze wafting in.

The weather just begged for a plate of sweet, juicy Barron Point oysters (from Washington) to start the meal. And the short but interesting list of wines by the glass offered a classic match: a Muscadet, at $9. Crisp and tangy, the straightforward Domaine de la Tourmaline Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie 2007 offered a long, minerally finish that melded perfectly with the briny liquor of the oysters. I'd give the wine on its own 86 points, non-blind, but the match was outstanding.

This Loire Valley white, made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape, doesn't frequently make it into my wine repertoire, even though most are affordably priced. But this pairing served as a reminder that sometimes it's worth revisiting the classics.

WineSpectator.com members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated Muscadets, plus our quick list of Easy Finds among French whites.

Would you like to comment?

Want to join or start a discussion? Become a WineSpectator.com member and you can!

To protect the quality of our conversations, only members may submit comments. To learn more about member benefits, take our site tour.

MEMBER LOGIN

= members only

Keep me logged in      Forgot Password?

Free Email Newsletters

Sips & Tips | Wine & Healthy Living
Video Theater | Collecting & Auctions

» View samples
» Or sign up now!
» Manage my newsletter preferences

Classifieds

The marketplace for all your wine needs, including:

Wine Storage | Wine Clubs
Dining & Travel | Wine Auctions
Wine Shops | Wine Accessories