Louis Métaireau - along with his band of vignerons d'art, as his like-minded group of producers were known - was instrumental in restoring the reputation of the Muscadet appellation in the middle of the 20th century. It was he who first began leaving his wines sur lie (on their fine lees) through the winter. Since taking over for her father, Marie-Luce Métaireau and her husband, Jean-François Guilbaud, have illustrated their deep love of the land by reclaiming the vineyards of the vignerons d'art and piecing them back together to compose one of the most prized sites in all of Muscadet: the Grand Mouton vineyard. The 23-acre vineyard in the heart of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine enjoys perfect exposure between the two famed rivers that lend their names to the AOC, and ranges in vine age from 30 years old to a parcel planted in 1937.
Black Label, from slightly older vines, is the most classic example of the terroir in the lineup, with more depth. This brisk, super-dry white is made in the region of France where the Loire river meets the Atlantic. Its acidity, balanced by an attractively modest amount of fruit, is designed to cut through the richness of its classic companion, the oyster.