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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.
Winemaker and grower Marc Ollivier takes his time to make his Muscadet. He hand harvests (a rarity in the region), uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish fermentation, and bottles with a very light filtration. His Muscadet has a bright color; a slightly bubbly, round and supple mouthfeel with sound structure; and a clean and fruity finish.
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 toincrease 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.
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...Read More About Domaine de la Pepiere
It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...Read More About Loire
Other White Wine
While there are a slew of other white varietals out there in the world, a few more worth knowing about...
Mostly grown and drunk in the northwest part of Spain,
Rias Baixas (in Galacia),
this grape is loved by almost
all who try it. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and every other white grape, Albarino is
aromatically intense...Read More About Other White Wine
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