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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 4 – 6 December 2019.

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

Villa Saint Antoine Hotel, Clisson

Villa Saint Antoine Hotel, Clisson

For more info on the wine festival see Nantes Tourism

There is also a Muscadet Wine Festial in Nantes in October

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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