When looking for wines for the membership.I have to take into consideration many factors besides the taste; does it reflect the terroir, does it reflect the grape, is it good value, does it have pedigree..and finally, would I take it home and serve to the family. The answers must be, "yes"! Each and every wine I evaluate goes through this critique.
The Vignobles Mourat was established in 1974 (relative newcomer for the Loire Valley) and quickly made a name for itself and the wine community by reviving the famed Clos St Andre vineyard. Previously owned by the celebrated Champagne family, the Taittingers, the history, and depth of quality of the vineyard are legendary. The original land was settled by the Romans (who loved their wine) and promptly recognized the area that could quench their thirst for wine, .and we are glad they did.
Since 2000, winemaker Jeremie Mourat has been practicing organic farming techniques and uses natural yeasts..what that means to you and me: vibrant wines of a complex character. The vintage 2018 was almost a perfect harvest as the vineyard flowered early and produced significant volumes of excellent fruit (can't make good wine from bad grapes). In my opinion, these farming and fermentation practices contribute to the overall "terroir" of the wine.
I would serve this wine as an aperitif in that there is something about it that stimulates and cleans the palate. Serve slightly chilled with iced shellfish and Salade Nicoise. Hold for 12 months.