The Domaine "la Haute Févrie" lies 18 km south-east of Nantes, right in the middle of the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine appellation. The estate vines grow on the hills overlooking the Sèvre, between Saint-Fiacre and Monnières. They enjoy optimum ripening conditions and the Muscadet they produce is highly expressive of the soil it grew on. The estate covers 30 hectares of vineyards, all under the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC. The estate is broken into several plots, each with a different aspect and on different soil: siliceous clay or gravelly and shallow, all on metamorphic rock, resulting in a range of highly individual “clos”: Le Clos de la Févrie, Les Mauguitonnières, Les Gras moutons (Saint-Fiacre), Le Clos Joubert, Le Moulin de la Gustais, Le Clos du Pégatine and many others.
The soils of the Gras Moutons vineyard are strewn with distinctive metamorphic rocks known as amphibolites, to which winemaker Sébastien Branger attributes this wine’s tense, mineral palate and salty tang. On the nose, expect aromas of lemon and white grapefruit – the ’09, recently tasted at the domaine, had developed gorgeous honeyed notes too, but remained fresh as a daisy. Les Gras Moutons can go toe to toe with many a Premier Cru Chablis, and is a peerless accompaniment to oysters.