Region: Loire Valley, France
Think of this unoaked Chardonnay as Muscadet's answer to white Burgundy, but at a third of the price! This is a wine that is lean, mineral-driven, and rivals village-level white Burgundy (a spunky competitor to Chablis, perhaps). Underripe orchard fruit, especially apple skin, with an incredible mineral component and searing acidity. This wine is planted on a massive granite slab that was used to build fortresses during Roman times! This wine demands raw oysters, mussels, or even baked lobster.