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Muscadet celebrates!

The town of Clisson (44 Loire- Atlantique, Pays de la Loire) some 20km/13 miles southeast of Nantes holds an annual festival on the first Sunday of December to celebrate the new vintage of the local wine, Muscadet on 2 December 2018.

muscadet festival posterThe event is called Nouvel An du Muscadet (Muscadet’s New Year) and involves music, wine and food  – especially oysters which go so well with this crisp dry white wine.  Although the wine gained a less favourable reputation a few years ago for being very dry. thin and acidic most producers now offer a richer wine, especially if it is “sur lie“.

Most of the better wine is labelled Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, although there are a few special terroirs such as Muscadet-Coteaux de la Loire and  Muscadet-Côtes de Grandlieu

In the UK Majestic Wine Warehouses stock a very good Muscadet from the Chateau du Cléray which has been a regular treat when in the region.

Villa Saint Antoine Hotel, Clisson

Villa Saint Antoine Hotel, Clisson

For more info on the wine festival see Nantes Tourism

Best rates for hotels in and around Nantes or stay in the riverside Villa Saint Antoine Hotel in Clisson -with views of the Sèvre Nantaise River and the Château de Clisson!

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