2010 Domaine de la Pépière "Les Gras Moutons" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

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Proprietor Marc Ollivier's Muscadet-sur-Lie has lees contact until the time of bottling, generally in late May. This particular bottle is a very-old-vine cuvée of Muscadet from a single-plot vineyard in schist, the Clos des Briords. These are among the oldest vines in his estate (they were planted in 1930) and they enjoy a particularly good exposition. Ripening is slower, and the longer hang-time before harvest allows for optimal maturity to be reached.

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/30/2012  | Send Email
'Muscadet' is too often easily mistaken for the name of the grape that goes into the bracingly refreshing white wines from this westernmost region of the Loire. The wines themselves are made from Melon de Bourgogne, a varietal that has all but disappeared from its original home in Burgundy, long ago supplanted by the more illustrious Chardonnay. Domaine de la Pépière, under the experienced stewardship of proprietor and winemaker Marc Ollivier, has always sought to create wines of vibrant distinction and character, a sea apart from the overabundant flood of prosaic negociant wines that Muscadet was often known for. He achieves this through careful oversight of his organically-certified vineyards—all hand-picked whole cluster fruit from genetically diverse, uncloned 40-80 year old vines grown on gneiss soils— and judicious decisions in the cellar, where he opts for delicate gravity pressing followed by native yeast fermentations in underground ceramic vats shaped to permit optimal contact with the lees. All of this impeccable attention ends up in the glass, a lightly straw-colored wine of intense minerality and balanced acidity, nuanced by notes of orchard fruits, flint and lemon zest. Sea bass with fennel would pair well with this crisp white beauty.
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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.
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France

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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.