The Gadais 96 acres, south of Nantes, is just a short drive inland from the Atlantic at Pornic. Hardly surprising, therefore, that Muscadet is so light and refreshing, with all the cool maritime climate to maintain the grapes natural acidity. The Domaine is run by Christophe, following his father, Michels, retirement. Although Muscadet has struggled in the face of increased competition from inexpensive whites from the New World, its peculiar charms are starting to be rediscovered by those who enjoy a modest amount of alcohol, combined with natural acidity and white flowers and apples. Made from the Mélon de Bourgogne, or Muscadet grape, this is the only thing to drink when eating oysters although lesser bottles are very good when cooking moules marinières.
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