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Domaine de la Pepiere, Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords Cuvee Vieilles Vigne, 2020 (1.5L)

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En magnum. Clos des Briords is a single parcel of mostly very old vines that sits on a hill above the river Maines. It was the first parcel he bottled as a single vineyard wine, in 1988 when his neighbors probably thought that was crazy! Only the best fruit from the oldest (50-70 years) vines goes into this cuvée.

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Since 1985 Marc Olivier, proprietor of Pépière, has been producing organically farmed, single-vineyard and single-cru bottlings since before anyone knew what those were let alone what Muscadet was. Melon de Bourgogne, the grape of Muscadet, till this day is rarely grown organically and is generally made into crisp and fresh wines that have simple citrus flavors whose main purpose is to help tourists and locals down platefulls of raw oysters. In Marc's view, Muscadet can be a lot more.

In order to achieve this Marc has farmed organically since the beginning. The different plots he chooses are selected for their varying degrees of decomposing granite and gneiss. Vines are old for Muscadet Varying from 20-100 years old and all. All work in the vineyard is done by hand and the yields are kept low to ensure the highest quality fruit. All of these things are rare in Muscadet.

Marc's cellar is very cold. The grapes are pressed whole-cluster and that cold cellar allows for a long slow fermentation with natice yeast and very minimal sulfur. Aging is done Sur Lie (on the dead yeast) on large underground tanks. This step is crucial as it increases the texture and complexity of the Melon. The wines are bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

Marc's contributions to the reputation of Muscadet are legion. Even though much of what comes out of the region is still produced in an industrial fashion, along with Monique Luneau-Papin, Jo Landron, Guy Bossard and the Luneau-Papins he has inspired more than a few producers to make the switch to a more human centric way of growing and making wine throughout the region and beyond. He has partnered with former protoges Rémi Branger (member of another Muscadet family) and Gwénaëlle Croix over the last decade to help ensure that the high Pépière standard is maintained well into the future.

What importer Bowler Wine has to say about this wine...

100% Melon de Bourgogne. Briords is a lieu-dit in which Marc has long held 3 hectares of massale vines planted from 1930 to 1950. These are the oldest vines of the estate, planted on soils of granite de Thébaud, which differs from granite de Clisson in containing more feldspar and clay--it is cooler, slower ripening, holds and drains water well, supplies more nutrients and is looser (so roots can go deep to the hard granite mother rock). The farming is organic and harvest and all work by hand. Like for the rest of the Pepière wines, the fruit is direct-pressed and the juice settled naturally for 12 hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts; the wine is aged on its lees in large, underground vats--8 to 9 months in the case of Briords--until bottling without fining or filtering. Briords is generally the most structured and powerful of Pepière's wines.

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Melon de Bourgogne

  • Vintage

    2020

  • Size

    1.5L

  • Farming Practice

    Organic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Light Bodied

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