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Date Printed: 9/19/2014
Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vielles Vignes 2007
Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Clos de Briords Vielles Vignes 2007
(search item no. 96503)
green wine

Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/19/2014: $15.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The most complex, ageworthy white wine you will ever buy for under $20? Quite possibly. Minerally, complex, high-acid white wine. This wine is something of a legend among wine geeks - try and bottle and you'll see why.

Clos des Briords is Marc's finest Muscadet. It comes from a single plot of 50-year old vines planted in schist (shale). Marc is the only grower in Muscadet who does not have a single clonal selection vine (commonly used to increase yield) in his vineyards. He propagates vines from the bud wood of the existing ones. His wines are kept on the yeast twice as long as those of his neighbors. The resulting wine is an extraordinary Muscadet. This wine has citrus-lime and wet stone aromas. On the palate it has bracing lemon mineral flavors that keep on going.

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About Domaine de la Pepiere:

Marc Ollivier’s Muscadet-sur-Lie is the authentic item — it has lees contact until the time of bottling. This extended contact gives it the crispness that makes Muscadet so refreshing. 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 hand harvests, uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. The vineyards are in old vines (40 years and older) 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.

Ollivier also produces 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 (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: ensuring excellent drainage in wet years, and better moisture retention in dry summers.