It's here! The Sancerre and Rose Alternative: 92 Pts W&S and 15.99 by the case

Posted August 18, 2016

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It was one of those "Wow" moments for our wine buying team

We have tasted, and watch many of you buy, bottle after bottle of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc (tons of Sancerre this year), Pinot Grigio, Rose and a huge variety of other outstanding and refreshing wines this summer. Some of you are buying for summer drinking... others are buying to drink all year long.

That last part of the statement above is what we want to highlight here. This is not just an amazing white wine to drink this summer, it's also something that is perhaps the ultimate food wine (see below for tips), and screams out to be enjoyed from January to December. Our buying team flipped for this after discovering it for the first time. We know you will as well. In addition, this win offers up:

--A huge discount
--Incredible press
--Free shipping on case orders

...and so much more


2013 L’Oiseliniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Les Illustres
92 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine
Retail Price: $28
Our Sale Price: $19.99
Today’s special case price: $15.99/bottle. Use coupon code MUSCADET13 to secure this 12-bottle price and free shipping on all case orders!


We know you appreciate the class and structure of bone-dry Chablis. You clearly love Sancerre because we see what’s in your carts. But we’ve also noticed you’ve been branching out into other rich, mineral-driven, flavorful white wines. So we have this super-strong hunch that you are going to flip for today’s Loire Valley White.

As of late, we’ve seen what once was a summer sipper become a year-round wine. Muscadet is no longer a seasonal trend to be enjoyed with oysters only. Today’s 92-pointer impresses the casual white drinker and the wine collector on all levels!


The Sancerre Substitute.
We're talking Loire here .. .but NOT Sancerre!

Muscadet is made all the way on the west side of the Loire Valley, where the river empties into the ocean, and is produced from the unique grape Melon de Bourgogne. Once a grape of Burgundy, this variety has truly found a home in Muscadet. There, it expresses the region with distinction, communicating the volcanic schist soils with sparkling minerality, and also the maritime influence with a savory briny character.

Those of you who love the depth and crispness of mineral-driven whites like Sancerre and Chablis will flip for the 2013 L’Oiseliniere “Les Illustres,” a sur-lie-aged Muscadet. Chateau de L’Oiseliniere is truly a historic estate, with vineyard leases on parchment dating back to 1337 and one 1635 parchment with the first mention of Muscadet as a region. Their Les Illustres bottling is from the oldest vines of the area, the majority 70 years and older. The wine is fermented in concrete and aged on the lees, giving this wine a roundness. Mouth-filling, mineraly, and decidedly “saline and savory,” this wine is ready to pop tonight and to cellar.



“...Fermented in concrete temperature-controlled vats without added yeast, this aged on the lees through the winter, producing a round, smoky wine with the kinetic power of the sea. It’s saline and savory, lasting on a caress of rich pear and apple flavor. This needs time in a decanter or a few years of bottle age to show its best.” - Wine & Spirits. 92 Points.


Not just for Oysters anymore...

Muscadet has long been a classic oyster pairing. Jacqueline Orak, General Manager of the Charleston restaurant Fish, named “Les Illustres” the “ultimate oyster wine” in the article, Ask a Somm: What Kind of Wine Should I Drink With Oysters? If you are down-to-shuck, Les Illustres is the perfect prescription for a platter of Wellfleet, Blue Point and Kumumoto Oysters

If you aren’t an oyster fan - or if it’s August, May, June or July - Muscadet is exceptionally versatile on the table. Great acidity. Low alcohol. Refreshing citrus. Roundness and depth from the time the wine spent on the lees. It’s the ultimate package for any dish.

Muscadet may be an obvious pairing for bivalves, but it also goes well with pasta and light chicken dishes. Food & Wine Magazine’s Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle set out to prove Muscadet really can go with anything, He brought Muscadet on a culinary road trip of the south. He found Muscadet was delicious with spicy chicken and tacos, remarking from his article, "The Awesome Pairing Power of Muscadet," “Sur lie aging (aging on the spent yeasts from fermentation, which gives the best Muscadets more texture, along with a savory, umami-ish note) makes wine go bizarrely well with corn tortillas.”

This wine will go with anything you serve before and after Labor Day.


So, is Muscadet the new Rose?  

The Muscadet category used to have a similar seasonal sales profile to rose. That is, it sold well in the summer as a partner for seafood and lighter fare. But things have changed. I mean, have you seen the explosive growth of rose wines!

Muscadet, too, is growing fast. Old vine, low-yielding  Melon de Bourgogne, grown in volcanic schist soils, rich from extended aging on the lees and NO oak - these are white wines of CHARACTER!

Just look at these news titles:

- "Muscadet, an Unsung Wine, Comes of Age." Wall Street Journal. August 2013

- "Muscadet Just Doesn’t Get Its Due." New York Times. August 2014.

- "Experiencing the Evolution of Muscadet." New York Times. April 2015.

- "The One White Wine From France You Need to Be Drinking." VinePair. July 2016
Wonder what wine the author could possibly be referring to here?

These subtle hints towards the magic of Muscadet, the amazing value that can still be found in this unsung region, have finally had that trickle down effect.


Already a Sancerre lover? Looking for a Chablis alternative? Seeking a white wine of character to serve with...well… anything? This is the wine for you!


Click here to order the 2013 L’Oiseliniere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Les Illustres. Don't forget to use code MUSCADET13 for today’s special case price and free shipping on orders of 12 bottles or more!


Item: 96533

750 mL

Retail: $28.00

$19.99 per btl