2009 Domaine de la Pépière Classique Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

SKU #1059100

Marc Olivier and Pierre Luneau are onto something here. They leave their wines longer and harvest at lower yields. The intention of the movement is raise the bar in Muscadet and really show off what melon de borgonge is capable of when treated like any other great varietal. The wines become rich but maintain a powerful minerality...really we would drink these over Chablis in a heartbeat.

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By: Chris Miller | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/25/2010 | Send Email
A friend of mine who's sat for the master's level of the Court of Master Sommeliers two or three times (unsuccessfully I'm afraid) says that if he comes across a wine blind that "smells like slightly corked water", it's a dead ringer for Muscadet. Having tasted some innocuous versions of this wine, I can see his point. But Muscadets like this make me rejoice, and start fantasizing about a limitless supply of oysters on the half shell and bottle after bottle of this tasty vin. Some would call the nose reticent or austere, but I prefer demure. Notes of green apple skin, crushed sea shell, mineral and almond on a racy frame with a very pretty flavor range and excellent depth, breadth and length. A delicious wine indeed and beyond perfect for washing down your favorite mollusks, crustaceans or bivalves. By the way, the sister bottling "Clos des Briords" is very good also, with a little more palate weight but softer acidity, and a more pronounced autolytic, oxidative quality. Enjoy!! CM

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Melon de Bourgogne

- A white wine grape that originated in Burgundy, Melon de Bourgogne has, sadly, essentially vanished from that region. But fans of the varietal need not despair; its virtual disappearance from this pricy zip code has not prevented it from thriving in the Loire Valley, where it is made into the affordable, zippy, mineral, citrusy wines of Muscadet that pair so well with oysters. The best of those wines come from the region Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine. It is sometimes simply referred to as Muscadet.


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