2020 Cochonnet Melon

Muscadet, France

Cochonnet is from Domaine de la Bregeonnette in the region of Muscadet. Joseph Orieux founded this Domaine in the town of Vallet in the 1960’s and has been practicing organic wine making since the beginning, although he was only recently certified. Today, Joseph’s grandson, Stephane Orieux has taken over the family vineyard and practices organic farming, wild yeast fermentations, and long, sur-lie aging. Stephane consults many winemakers in the Bregeonnette region about organic farming.

This wine is made with Melon de Bourgogne. Melon de Bourgogne is a white grape synonymous with the Muscadet appellation in the western Loire Valley. Muscadet is the most famous varietal expression of Melon de Bourgogne and was introduced to the region in 1709.

I love the adorable labels on the Cochonnet wines. “Cochonnet” translates to little piggy, and also the tiny ball used as the target in pétanque, the French bowling game that’s a cousin to bocce. This litre bottle is bright, fresh and minerally. There are notes of lemon, pear, green apple, and salinity.

Cochonnet Melon would pair well with a lemony spinach & artichoke pasta with cheddar and asiago cheese. Melon de Bourgogne is known to pair well with lighter seafood dishes and is also the perfect oyster-pairing wine. You could also try it with a spicy Thai or Indian dish!