If you’re going to get your hands on a bottle of the Andre-Michel Bregeon Muscadet 2008 selected by the NY Times as both ‘Best of Tasting’ and ‘Best Value’ and which they describe as “tangy, fresh, deep and long with savory heavily mineral flavors” and “insanely cheap”, you’re going to need a knight in shining armor. This being Brooklyn, our chosen knight was named Frankie a/k/a “Frankie Cupcakes”.*
We beckoned Frankie yesterday at 6 a.m. seeking bottles of this elusive delicious elixir but alas he bore the bad news that nary a bottle remained in the storehouse. But halt . . . he had heard good word that 12 cases would arrive that very day. Go, mighty Frankie, we said. Battle valiantly and bring us as many cases as your trusty carriage can hold. Hours later, we heralded Frankie’s triumphant return from his quest bearing 9 of the remaining 12 cases. And he’s sworn vengeance on the knave who pilfered the last 3 that were rightfully ours.
We haven’t seen one wine selected as both ‘Best of Tasting’ and ‘Best Value’ in years. And Muscadet makes the perfect wine to salute the last hot days of summer. From the Melon grape grown where the Loire River meets the Atlantic in France, Muscadet truly brings the beach to Brooklyn. Bregeon Muscadet spends some time ‘sur lie’, which means it picks up depth and texture from being allowed to rest on the sediment that gathers during fermentation (the “lees”) for a few months. But the predominant quality here is a clean, almost saline minerality. A perfect pair for oysters, the Times also recommends serving it with seafood dishes & light poultry or pasta preparations and notes that “apart from food pairings, Muscadet is just plain delicious.”
Andre-Michel Bregeon Muscadet Sevre et Maine 2008 $15/bottle, $13.50/bottle for 12 bottles or more. Very limited stock, when it’s gone, it’s gone. To order, call (718) 797-9463 or click here.
*Dubbed thus for his investment in a Brooklyn restaurant famed for its cupcakes.