Study Cards on wine, wines, melon

Location of Pays Nantais
  • This region takes its name from the city of Nantes
  • Situated close to the Atlanctic Ocean
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What is the principal grape variety of Pays Nantais?
  • The principal grape variety is Melon  (Melon de Bourgogne or Muscadet)
  • Next to that Folle Blanche (Gros Plant) is also grown
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Describe the expected style of wine made from Melon?
  • Melon makes a wine with high acidity a light body and low in alcohol.
  • The wines typically have low aromatic intensity intensity aromas of  greep apple, lemon, pear, seashell
  • Often wines are made sur lie
  • The wines are good to very good in quality and inexpensive to mid-priced
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Winemaking Pays de Nantais
  • Chaptilization is permitted up to 12% abv
  • Fermentation vats large underground glass-lined concrete vats, stainless steel is also used 
  • To keep the wine as neutral as possible
  • No MLF to keep acidity in wine high
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Decribe the technique of sur lie which is highly typical in Pays Nantais
  • Sur lie is a technique of filling out the body of what would otherwise be very light bodied wines.
  • After the alcoholic fermentation is completed one racking is allowed to remove the gross lees.
  • After this the wine remains in contact with the fine lees through the following winter and until botteling.
  • Ageing on the lees also retains freshness of the wine and may retain a small amount of carbon dioxide.
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Where does InterLoire stand for and what does it do?
InterLoire stands for Interprofession des Vins du Val de Loire and it promotes wines together with those Ajou-Saumur and Touraine
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Négociants continue to play an important role accounting for half of sales. Many smaller négociants have been bought up by larger companies which companies now account for a larger proportion of négociant sales?
  • Castel
  • Grand Chais de France
  • Ackerman
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