2011 Claude Branger "Les Fils de Gras Mouton" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur Lie
Translated to mean 'the son of the fat sheep', this delicious Muscadet is made by Claude Branger, a committed grower who farms his 61 acres in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation completely sustainably, with an attention to detail that translates to wines of superior quality. He harvests by hand, and bottles without fining or filtration. This is his entry-level Muscadet and a glorious value for the price. It is dry and fresh, with tangy lemony citrus aromas and flavors, delicate creaminess on the midpalate, and a minerally finish. You will be surprised at the level of complexity here. This is the perfect pairing for fresh oysters! From the Importer: "'Le Fils des Gras Moutons' is the domaine's base wine...from 26 acres of vines in Branger's earlier maturing plots.The soil runs from 10 to 16 inches deep and the granite bedrock is metamorphic gneiss full of mica and quartz. These vines average 35 years of age and their yield averages 50 hectoliters per hectare (the legal maximum permitted in the AC, and thus the norm, is 55 hl/ha). The wine rests on its lees for six to seven months before bottling."