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Muscadet is one of my absolute favorite dry white wines to drink while cooking at home. Éric’s Clos de la Butte is the perfect combination of freshness, crisp acidity, and a lingering finish that is always a mouthwatering experience. Oops, Honey, did we just drain the whole bottle?!?
|Blend:||Melon de Bourgogne|
|Appellation:||Muscadet Côtes de Grand Lieu|
|Vineyard:||50 years; 6 ha|
|Soil:||Serpentinite, eclogite, quartz|
|Aging:||Wine stays in foudre for fermentation and élevage, then raised 10-12 months depending on the vintage|
Every three or four months I would send my clients a cheaply made list of my inventory, but it began to dawn on me that business did not pick up afterwards. It occurred to me that my clientele might not know what Château Grillet is, either. One month in 1974 I had an especially esoteric collection of wines arriving, so I decided to put a short explanation about each wine into my price list, to try and let my clients know what to expect when they uncorked a bottle. The day after I mailed that brochure, people showed up at the shop, and that is how these little propaganda pieces for fine wine were born.—Kermit Lynch