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Wine of the Week: Domaine Michel David Muscadet “Clos du Ferre” 2009

March 9th, 2011

With the weather warming up and after a bowl of seafood gumbo, I am thinking about a refreshing crisp white wine. And this week we are having a glass of Domaine Michel David Muscadet “Clos du Ferré” 2009.

The David family has been making Muscadet since 1927, when Stéphane David’s great-grandfather started working 1.5 hectares in the heart of Vallet, Muscadet’s vinous capital. Since then the domaine has increased dramatically to 24 hectares. In 2009, Stéphane took over from his father, Michel, although father and son and worked together since the 1997 vintage.

Luminous, mid-depth appearance with distinct green hints. Very clean and fresh on entry with a typical saline edge. There is a leaner focus to the acidity, but this is fattened out by the riper profile of the 2009 vintage, along with the extended time spent on the lees. Excellent structure and length. This is drinking now but has the potential to age positively for another five years or so.