Calvados just might be my favorite winter time sipper! Thanks for the producer recommendations Michael Markarian, Daniel Veit, Sean Dowling, Darla Hoffmann, Jeremy Eubanks and Frederic Monnery.
This week: Sub zones of Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine
What are they and what are the soils/characteristics/etc plus name a producer of each.
I'm still having a hard time understanding soil types. The basic Loire guide says the three sub zones have schist soil, though we all tend to mention granite, gabbro, and clay. How do these relate? Is this a poodle/dog situation?
First, soil is rarely homogeneous and we somms tend to want to put labels on soil type that don't give context to the actual environment. Soil is really far too complicated for most of us to understand, and even more complicated for us to understand why it causes a Vine to grow in a way that would give a different character in a bottle.
That said, check out the Muscadet website. It breaks down the soils of all 10 subzones in a pretty detailed way. You'll see that it's all a mishmash of multiple top and base layers.