Muscadet Sévre et Maine 'Petit Mouton' Louis Metaireau 2014
Louis Métaireau, Grand Mouton, Saint-Fiacre-sur-Maine The great name of Muscadet is now back and at the very heart of the region is the Grand Mouton vineyard. In a region dominated by merchants, the Metaireau family, under Louis’ guiding hand, consolidated its holdings over forty years and now controls the whole 23 hectare estate. Documents exist to prove that Grand Mouton existed as far back as the 14th century but any reference to sheep is misleading, especially considering the use of a rams head as the estate’s logo. In fact, as in Bordeaux (think Mouton Rothschild) the word mouton is derived from motte, meaning a small mound or hill. Today the estate is in the hands of Louis Métaireau’s charming daughter, Marie-Luce and her winemaker-husband, Jean-François Guilbaud (who also happens to originate from a local family of vignerons). The couple effectively took charge of the estate when they married in 1988. In order to preserve the old vines for generations to come, all the grapes are harvested by hand and the vineyards are farmed according to the principle of lutte raisonée . After spending the winter on its lees, the bottling process takes place in the spring according to the age-old sur lie method with as little handling as possible, and no filtration, to ensure that all the purity of the fruit is suitably captured and enhanced.
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Made from thirty year old vines, Grand Mouton's second wine is very fresh. It has the musky character typical of old vines and pairs beautifully with starters, fish pâté, and goat's cheese. The fruit - tangy greengage – is clean and concentrated. Not that fruit is the main story here. Rather it’s the green almond and lovely oyster shell minerality -well-focused and long.