Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords Burgundy Region Wines 2010
An old-vines cuvee of Muscadet from a single plot vineyard planted in schist. These are among the oldest vines in Marc’s estate (they were planted in 1930) and enjoy a particularly good exposition. While most of Marc’s vines are planted on poor, shallow soil with hard granite very close to the surface, the Clos des Briords has a much deeper top soil of clay and silica over a brittle granite subsoil: this ensures excellent drainage in wet years, and better moisture retention in dry summers. Ripening is slower, and the longer hang-time before harvest allows for optimal maturity to be reached. Because of the soil and greater concentration achieved with old vines, the Clos des Briords is a more powerful wine that most Muscadets. It is very mineral and quite austere in its youth, rather than fruity and light. Over a few months, or even years, if one can wait for it, it develops much complexity in aromatics and structure.
External Reviews for Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords Burgundy Region Wines
Great, refeshing Muscadet with vibrant minerality. Of course, this is perfect for oysters, but with its good round body, it's also great with light poultry or vegetable dishes. From a Practicing Organic estate.
The hot new summertime white, Muscadet, hails from the mouth of the Loire River on the west coast of France, making it an excellent choice with any salty snack foods or light seafood dishes (especially shellfish), though it drinks really well on its own. Medium-bodied and crisp, but with a slight creaminess from the sur lie aging, the Pépière is a stellar alternative for Chardonnay drinkers looking for something less oaky, or Sauvignon Blanc drinkers looking for something with a little more kick!
Light, bright straw. White flowers, lemon curd, orange peel and minerals on the nose. Vibrant, precise citrus and floral flavors are underscored by zesty minerals, which add clarity and tangy lift. Pure and brisk on the finish, which repeats the orange note. This surprisingly approachable wine reminds me a bit of chenin blanc.
The basic (but by no means simple) Pepiere 2009 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie is scented with green apple, lime, quarry dust, and a hint of elder flower. Low-key, soft to the touch for Muscadet, but highly refreshing; and tinged with citrus rind, crushed stone, and iodine, it finishes with mouth-watering persistence. I would plan to enjoy it over the next 18 months.
An old-vines cuvee of Muscadet from a single plot vineyard planted in schist. The Clos des Briords' deep clay / schist soil over granite has excellent drainage, which means Ollivier's precious 70+ year old vines never sit with wet feet. Jolly perfectionist Ollivier allows longer hang-time before harvest for optimal maturity - all this attention concentrates the fruit creating a more powerful Muscadet (though that sounds like an oxymoron.) the Clos is very mineral-driven and quite austere in its youth, rather than fruity and light. Over a few months, or even years, if one can wait for it, it develops much complexity in aromatics and structure.