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2003 Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie Domaine de la Pepière Clos des Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes (750ml)
Producer: Domaine de la Pepière domainedelapepiere.com
Appellation: Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine - Region Nantaise - France (AOC)
Type: white
Varietal: Melon de Bourgogne
Maturity: Drink
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$11.99
Availability:
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Tasting Notes:
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tasted: December 13, 2004 , Catherine Granger ManageYourCellar.com
4 stars "Dry, citrusy and mineral with notes of green apple. On the palate, very nice concentration followed by a particularly rich aftertaste for a Muscadet."
rated: December 10, 2004 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"Proprietor Marc Ollivier's Muscadet-sur-Lie has lees contact until the time of bottling, generally in late May. This extended contact gives it the crispness that makes Muscadet so refreshing, and the classic wine match for seafood. It is the traditional way to make Muscadet, but has become the exception as growers and shippers rush to bottle "technically correct" wines by early January. Ollivier takes his time. He hand harvests (also a rarity in the region), uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. 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. Also, when most of his estate'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, it develops much complexity."