Picpoul vs. Muscadet: When life gives you Melons

Picpoul or Muscadet? Like a weathered George Michael cynically observing a shiny young Justin Bieber, Muscadet must be thinking to itself 'been there, done that'. After its 1980s heyday of wild success, Muscadet has seen some hard times, but young upstart Picpoul de Pinet seems to have everything going for it. In many ways, however, they are very similar; vineyards by the sea, growing a grape…

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Saumur: Precious stone

  Fruits, herbs and spices are fairly common, but can you detect minerals in a wine? Certain individuals pick up aromas associated with rocks like struck flint or chalk dust; others, the smell of seashells. Some drinkers perceive a kind of saltiness on the tongue. It appears to be a more widespread phenomenon in cooler climates, such as the Loire Valley. Saumur sits on either side of the…

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