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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 15 
ProducerDomaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) (web)
VarietyMelon de Bourgogne
DesignationSur Lie Vieilles Vignes
VineyardClos des Briords
RegionLoire Valley
SubRegionPays Nantais
AppellationMuscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine
UPC Code(s)815541000392

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2007 and 2023 (based on 10 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Marc Ollivier Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 129 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/25/2015 & rated 90 points: In a very good place now. Super mineral-saline with notes of citrus. (204 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 3/25/2015: From magnum, clear, pure, precise. A pleasure to drink as an acidic, palate-cleansing white, but no depth or complexity to speak of. Briords can go through a transition from mildly juicy, almost sweet, to bone dry-powerfully pungent. I can't tell if the 05 is in the transition phase or wearing out. Good wine, in any event; drink at cool room temperature for best results. Like many Loire wines (and wines in general), shines brightest with food. (747 views)
 Tasted by BillB656 on 1/2/2015: lovely (667 views)
 Tasted by slanum on 11/9/2014: Absolutely true to form: on first opening this was reserved, austere, even wan. Two glasses passed that way, leaving a faint impression of lemon oil. Ninety minutes in the fuse on the fireworks was sizzling. Zippy aromas and flavors that called to mind citrus orchards and the seaside had begun to build. I fully expect this to be a completely different wine in a day, with all sorts of added weight and dimension. When will I learn that it really is best to open these one day before drinking? Hard to believe this is nine year old Melon de Bourgogne. This bottle has aged as slowly as great Chablis. (856 views)
 Tasted by coremill on 10/25/2014 & rated 91 points: The nose shows some lemony and and underripe pear fruit, some milky lees influence, a whiff of white flowers, and a huge lashing of seaspray, developing a bit of a honeyed note with air. There's initially a burst of lemony fruit in the mouth, but it almost immediately gives way to a powerful oceany, rocky mineral character that drives straight through to the finish. Absolutely fantastic with a squid/bottarga dish, where the pairing sets off a mineral firecracker. Wonderful Muscadet. (974 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 8/12/2014: Wow, I haven't had a sound bottle of this in 6 years. Still light yellow. Seashell and some lemon. Definitely has an extra level of gloss and sheen for a Muscadet with enough glycerine that it deceives you into thinking that it has some residual sugar, which it does not. Rich and fresh, going strong at age 9. (1194 views)
 Tasted by Swimmie1 on 8/8/2014 & rated 92 points: My bottles are still drinking well; no oxidation, fresh and laced with acidity. (923 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 7/14/2014: Opened for the family July 4th celebration, from magnum. Hard to judge: a little too dry and feature-less for my taste out of the bottle, but smooths and rounds with time to become texturally subtle and interesting, with sufficient fruit and viscosity to balance. Leftovers the following day were quite tired. May be best to keep drinking these bit bottles at group events over the next year or so, rather than keeping them. (640 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 4/21/2014: Magnum, corked. (1025 views)
 Tasted by jimkay21 on 4/9/2014 & rated 90 points: Fitzi's note got me concerned. Kind of forgot about these in the cellar so opened one tonight. Color is light yellow, no deepening of the color to suggest age. The nose is faint, maybe some hay and the palate is more structure than fruit. There is a nice mineral-y after taste. I like (1052 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 3/10/2014: Finished our 750s of this wine. At first, it tasted slightly madeirized, but, with extended air time, it bounced back very nicely to give a mid-weight white of no great flavor or aromatic complexity, but very good purity, intensity and depth. I obviously don't understand how this wine develops over long periods in the cellar. (1082 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 1/11/2014: I've been racing through my 750s recently, because of an oxidized-ish one we opened a couple of months ago. My last bottle was very good, though, and this one pretty much kicked ass: appealingly smooth texture, undergirded by a surprisingly stiff spine of sneaky acidity. Hard not to glug. The acidity made it a good pair with home-baked sourdough bread, toasted with melted mozarella and spicy tomato sauce. (1033 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 11/29/2013: From magnum at Thanksgiving: this wine from large format is in a very nice place now, the slight roundness of the vintage and prominent Muscadet acidity in harmonious counterpoint. Medium-light bodied, it's intensity nevertheless makes it a good pairing for the TG table. Will these bottles continue to improve? Can't say. But there's no reason not to dig into them now. Will try an 05 Clisson magnum at the next family gathering. (1155 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 11/15/2013: Tonight's bottle was fresh and delicious, no trace of oxidation. Still, we'll finish our remaining bottles in the coming year. (1079 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 11/1/2013: Opened another tonight: fresh, crisp, converging over the course of the evening towards an asymptote of increasing lightness and transparency, bound to intensifying minerality. Why Briords is good. (1055 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 10/29/2013: This wine showed an off note upon opening, hinting at oxidation. It passed, and the wine showed pleasantly enough on its own and at the outset of dinner, rather light, decent acidity, but lacking the interest and goodness you tend to look for in a Briords. The off-note re-emerged in the leftovers the following day.

Will open another soon to test, and if similar, finish off my remaining bottles. Luneau-Papain L d'Or 2005, by contrast, is just blooming. (1080 views)
 Tasted by slanum on 9/15/2013: Something not right on the nose. Oxidized? Corked? Both? (976 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 8/23/2013: meh (1104 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 8/8/2013 flawed bottle: Damn it. Corked beyond belief. (1008 views)
 Tasted by 14Frimaire on 7/20/2013: Perfectly good but not my favorite Briords by a significant margin. No real reason to hold the rest. (912 views)
 Tasted by BradKNYC on 6/8/2013: Mucho vino at the 15th annual birthday jeebus. (Joe's.): Ripe and a bit more plump than other less hot vintages, but absolutely delightful. The citrus is more orange than in other vintages and there's a bit of stone fruits making an appearance, but the usual salinity and oyster shell is there too. Nicely intense, if a bit less crisp than usual. A-/B+. (1634 views)
 Tasted by Fitzi on 3/25/2013: I guess this wine has become an annual bottle. The wine continues to get dryer-tasting and, as it does, it seems to wield a kind of reverberating power in the mouth. This is my recollection of how the basic Pepiere develops if allowed enough time. Residual overt, llightly rough-textured acidity dissipates after the first day, leaving a smooth, still tight-ish feeling package for the second day. Nice salty minerality, medium-light body. At 12%, an easy wine to drink in quantity. (1212 views)
 Tasted by EMichels on 3/12/2013 & rated 91 points: Bright; Stones; Minerals; Nice fruit (991 views)
 Tasted by JOsgood on 3/12/2013: Delicious. Crisp and lively white that has aged gracefully. (1146 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 1/10/2013 flawed bottle: Maybe both corked and oxidized. (1261 views)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2013, Issue #47, Round Two of Recently Tasted Loire Valley Wines Lots More From the 2012, 2011 and 2010 Vintages
(Muscadet-sur-Lie-de-Sèvre-et-Maine “Clos des Briords” V.V.- Dom. de la Pépière) Login and sign up and see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Recently Tasted Loire Valley Gems Superb 2009s and Plenty of Excellent Recent Vintages
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, March/April 2007, IWC Issue #131
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2006, Issue #4, Loire Valley Magic: France’s Greatest Red and White Wine Values
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/18/2009)
(Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords) Group's #3 (my #3) – 59 pts; 1, 3, 4, 1 – very light yellow color; intriguing, earthy, savory, green tobacco and juniper nose; constrained, tart creamy citrus, mineral and stony palate, with depth; medium finish  90 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/25/2009)
(Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords) Light butter yellow color; nice lime, tart green melon and mineral nose; tart, minerally, green fruit, tart melon palate, complex, but light and poised; medium finish 92+ pts.  92 points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (6/18/2006)
(Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet "Clos des Briords") This is just a delight. Really tighly coiled now but with great finesse and incredible concentration. Great rainwater-like flavors, rapier-like acidity and astounding length. The best Briords I have ever had...hands down. The extraordinary concentration puts it in that super-exalted category.
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Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine

Muscadet (mus-ka-DAY) is a region in the western part of the Loire valley, near the city of Nantes. White wines from Muscadet are made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. They tend to be light in color and body, and are intensely mineral driven. They are thought to be a perfect complement to raw oysters from the nearby coast. Muscadets are gleefully paired, though, with any fresh shellfish or other seafood.

There are a couple of appellations in Muscadet, the best of which is considered to be Muscadet de Sevre et Maine. And the best bottles from that appellation are aged sur-lie, or on the lees, the musty mix of yeasts and other post-fermentation solids. This aging provides flavor complexity that can be missing in other bottles.

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