2007 Domaine de la Pépière Classique Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

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According to Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Mark Ollivier’s 2007 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie smells of fresh almond, bitter-sweet flowers, and oyster shell. With a surprising softness for its genre, and with a juicy generosity of apple and almond that reminds me slightly of a true Pinot Blanc, this deposits subtly bitter chalk and iodine notes in its finish." (08/08) Marc Olivier hand harvests, a rarity in the region, uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. This is from vineyards around 40 years old with a particularly good exposition on a plateau overlooking the river Sèvre. All the vineyards are from original stock; Ollivier is the only grower in the Muscadet who does not have a single clonal selection in his vineyards. This beauty is bright, salty and not unlike young Mosel wine with a bit more alcohol it is uber fresh and a joy to drink. A really great vintage for this bottling...This heroic vigneron does in Muscadet with old vines, granitic soils and low yields what others dream of in much more "serious" appellations.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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