2022 Domaine Claude Branger Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine “Le Fils des Gras Moutons” Sur Lie - Harvest Wine Shop

2022 Domaine Claude Branger “Le Fils des Gras Moutons” Sur Lie, Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine, Loire Valley, France

2022 Domaine Claude Branger “Le Fils des Gras Moutons” Sur Lie, Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine, Loire Valley, France

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This is the domaine’s excellent base wine coming from 26 acres of vines in earlier maturing plots in their home commune of Maisdon-sur-Sèvre (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.

Claude Branger started with his father, working “derrière le cheval” on 7 hectares. He now owns 26.5 hectares of vines and his son, Sébastien, who arrived officially at the domaine in 2007, works right beside him. These conscientious winegrowers—they harvest by hand—never yielded to the sirens of doing things the easy way. They like ripe but very dry Muscadets. 5,800 cases made

Tasting Notes lemon freshness, sea salt minerality, crisp spice and zest
Variety Melon
Region Muscadet Sevre et Maine, Loire Valley, France
Volume 750ml
Alcohol Volume 12.0%


    Claude Branger is a tall, soft-spoken gentleman with silver hair. He dresses neatly and modestly, and there is about him, as there is about his wines, a clear sense of refinement. His grandfather created the wine domaine of Haute Févrie during the first World War. Following his father, Claude took over in the mid-1970s, and handed the reins to his son Sébastien in 2008. But Claude still works the vines and drives the tractor. Together these two farm close to 70 acres of vines in two adjacent parishes in the heart of the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Appellation. Among the small cadre of committed growers—and it remains a small cadre—the father and son team of Claude and Sébastien rank among the top. Claude was an early member of Terra Vitis, an organization that sets guidelines for sustainable farming and monitors its members’ practices to ensure compliance. Subsequently, Sébastien embarked the domaine on the road to full-fledged organic farming. The first parcel received certification in 2015 and by 2019 all of the domaine’s vines were fully certified.

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