Les Grands Chais de France
Château Cléray Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie 2012 (£9.99, Majestic) modern, New-World-style crisp white. Mid-straw yellow, on the nose it smells crisp, aromatic and decidedly modern-style; there is ripe citrus, lime zest and a persistent, saline minerality. Substantial, with bright fruit, fresh aromatics and crisp acidity, it feels rather more New Zealand than Loire. Good.
Match with light starters, seafood or, traditionally, oysters.
Also reviewed by Chris Kissak and Mary Gorman-McAdams MW
Perle Noire Crémant d’Alsace (new to UK) well-crafted appley-fresh Alsace sparkler. Sandy yellow with aromas of ripe orchard fruits; fine mousse and plenty of ripe fruit. A Gold from Effervescents du Monde is testament to how well-made it is. A good Pinot Blanc with bubbles rather than a Champagne-alike. Good.
Serve as an aperitif or with starters such as salmon mousse or chicken liver pate.
Also reviewed by Quentin Sadler.
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