Domaine Claude Branger Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Fils de Gras Moutons 2020
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine|
|Brand||Domaine Claude Branger|
This is the domaine's excellent base wine coming from 26 acres of vines in earlier maturing plots (while named the son of the wine below, this does not come from the same vineyard-it is simply made in the same spirit). The soil runs from 10 to 16 inches deep and the granite bedrock is metamorphic gneiss full of mica and quartz. These vines average 40 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, and a productive year will see 5,800 cases made.
This is the second wine from a parcel of old vines called Les Gras Moutons (le fils means son). It offers perfumed acidity and a taut texture along with citrus and green-plum fruits. Drink now.