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Cheap Wine Challenge

An 11-Year-Old Muscadet

2002 Haut Bourg Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Origine.

2002 Haut Bourg Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Origine. Photo courtesy of Crush Wine & Spirits

Here, wine experts reveal their favorite bottles costing less than $17. Many of the selections are lesser known but absolutely worth the search.

Who: Charles Antin, wine specialist at Christie’s, Food & Wine contributor

What: 2002 Haut Bourg Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Origine

Why: "It goes against popular wine thought to age a Muscadet for 11 years but in some cases it works," says Antin. This super mineral wine is made from grapes grown on very old vines—30 to 80 years old. To give the wine its complexity and concentration, it's aged on its lees (the yeast particles left after fermentation) for seven years (!) before it's bottled. "Plus, I lived in Muscadet country around when this wine was harvested, so there is a nostalgic element," Antin says.

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