Muscadet is the leading dry white wine of the Loire.
The westernmost part of the Loire, hard up against the cold, wet Atlantic coast, is known for one wine alone—Muscadet, the leading wine of the Loire by volume . A dry, lean, fresh, stainless-steel-fermented white meant for casual drinking,. Muscadet’s claim to fame has always been its easy partnership with seafood—especially homey French classics like moules frites (a pot of mussels steamed in wine with a tangle of thin French fries on top). Muscadet is made from the melon de Bourgogne grape, often referred to simply as melon. Virtually all of the tastiest Muscadet wines come from the Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine subzone, or from one of the three small areas allowed to append their name to Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine: Gorges, Clisson, and Le Pallet.