White Wine of the Month

Claude Branger 2016 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Terroir Les Gras Moutons


Grape Variety:

Loire, France

Imported by Vintage '59 Imports, Washington, DC

The Brangers farm 18 acres of vines in Les Gras Moutons, the site’s name believed to be an old French reference to a prominent rise (gros moton) rather than the direct contemporary translation of a voluptuously proportioned sheep. This 2016 is, however, pretty voluptuous in its concentrated flavors, completely integrated, all of a piece. The marine salinity is almost feral in its intensity, hinting at ginger and mushrooms; then it lengthens out into an ephemeral character and lasts with grace. Decant it for Belon oysters.

review by Joshua Greene

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