Pepiere "Clos des Briords" Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie 2021
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When I was first getting into wine, Muscadet and Beaujolais were the best values on the market, affordable and accessible, while offering drinkers the ability to dive in and learn about terroir. Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière has been a leading force in changing the perception of the Muscadet region one that used to be associated with mass produced, shrill white wines, and is now a hotbed for natural winemaking, with new terrior specific Crus similar to those of Burgundy. Ollivier changed the focus of his domaine to farming and minimal intervention in the cellar, crafting age worthy Melon de Bourgogne that sparked a quality-focused revolution in his region
The Clos des Briords bottling comes from vines planted from 1930-1950, fermented and aged in underground vats. This wine continues to blow me away year after year, proving how brilliant Melon can be - rich texture from the lees contact, zesty citrus, juicy pear and crushed oyster shell. Clean, pure and vibrant, this is one impressive wine.