Project Loire – Muscadet and Chardonnay

Vines above the Loire in Muscadet by Philippe Caharel

Is Muscadet, possibly, the most underrated, misunderstood, underaged and underpriced wine in the world? Sounds overdramatic. Maybe. (This is the second part of our Loire series, see this guide.)

In The Oxford Companion to Wine, Muscadet is described as 'one of France’s dry white commodity wines currently undergoing revolution while trying to survive'. Written at least five years ago (probably more), it's frustrating that this is still true today. Muscadet still suffers from the misperception that it is a light, simple anodyne wine. In fact, even Victoria Moore in her Wine Dine Dictionary (my much-thumbed bible) disappointed me...