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| ||Tasted by brooklynguy on 5/28/2015 flawed bottle: Just a bit corked, which is sad because the underlying goodness was also plainly visible. (921 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fitzi on 5/25/2015: Much more interesting than the last bottle, so perhaps coming through the other side of an awkward or shut-down period. Different from its youthful self, the wine now shows more depth, complexity, and saline pungency, which I'm beginning to read as a sigunature of well-made, well-aged Muscadet. (660 views)|
| ||Tasted by Arinbraghe on 1/3/2015 & rated 93 points: It's funny, not to mention maddening that the word "terroir" persistently defies quantifiable definition, yet the phenomenon clearly exists. In yet another example of the fact, this tastes way more like another wine from white-mineral-laden soils -- namely Chablis -- than it does like most Muscadet. Granted this similarity owes something to the fact that while most Muscadet, even most good Muscadet, is built like a 1970's tennis pro, this is built like a 21st century decathlete. But I don't think that tells the full story, because this doesn't merely seem like Melon de Bourgogne that does barbell lifts at the gym; it really does share more in common with, say, unwooded Premier Cru Chablis than it does with 95% of its appellation cohort. It's as though varietal character for both categories is subsumed by the lemony-stony essence of the growth medium, with grapes being merely the palatable vehicle of that substrate. That's even more true of the wine now than several years ago, as the brawny fruit has taken on a burnished quality and the structure come to the fore. One more thing's certain: if I'd bought this for the same intended purpose as most Muscadets, I'd feel as though I'd brought a Howitzer to a squirrel hunt. It's certainly no seaside quaffer, or to toss back like Fresca at an oyster roast. (1074 views)|
| ||Tasted by Fitzi on 12/22/2014: This was a perfectly nice bottle, but less impressive than my last, a couple of years ago, having lost the slippery-soapy saline quality that made it so exciting then. Will try another soon to get a better take on where it's at. There's something to be said for drinking a wine when it's very good, instead of waiting for more. Anyway, solid high-quality Muscadet, but not special. (1168 views)|
| ||Tasted by ghood on 11/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Not the best bottle, but still rich if not a bit unresolved (1250 views)|
| ||Tasted by sawira on 11/15/2014 & rated 92 points: No formal notes. Wonderfully spicy smoky lemon, with sea shore characteristics underpinning the strong fruit. Great stuff. (1529 views)|
| ||Tasted by SoundInBetween on 10/19/2014: Tried this with some delicious fresh raw Maine oysters on the half shell. Good acidity, very direct and a little spritz. Overall what I'd expect from a good muscadet, but not great. Maybe I was just expecting more/better from the paring; the oysters were better than the wine. The bottle did seem a little tired and lacking the energy I'd expected, so possibly a little past peak at this point. (2003 views)|
| ||Tasted by Mr T on 9/27/2014: Similar tasting notes to before|
Wine has aged well although fruit probably a bit more faded
Paired well with shellfish (1791 views)
| ||Tasted by JJKinch on 8/9/2014 & rated 91 points: Nice citrus fruit, bright acidity, great salinity. Strong fruit and|
acidity. Really enjoyable. Lingering finish. (1746 views)
| ||Tasted by cos82 on 8/2/2014 & rated 89 points: 4th time from my cellar and least favorite to date. From magnum. First 3 from 750 ml, but I doubt this means anything. First 3 bottles were special while this was very good. Similar nose of sea and chalk, but this bottle had much more lemon on the palate with some minerality. Probably just me, but I like less lemon and more limestone and salinity. Still, a very nice wine. (1771 views)|
| ||Tasted by brooklynguy on 7/13/2014: Drunk over two days. Lovely, lovely wine - a core that feels as much floral as it does briny Muscadet-y. Balanced, intense, and cleany and clearly expresses itself. Delicious wine, and feels like drinking white Burgundy more than drinking Muscadet, and I do not mean that as a compliment, but as an observation. I really like this wine and feel that Clisson is something to enjoy for sure, but if it is Muscadet I want, this isn't the thing I will reach for. (2732 views)|
| ||Tasted by greenblanket on 7/10/2014: Brilliant. This was outstanding when young and now it's adding new elements of depth and richness without sacrificing a bit of its Muscadetness. Greenblanket didn't get much of a chance to geek out with this wine as four of it sloshed the whole bottle down in minutes. (1143 views)|
| ||Tasted by sawira on 5/30/2014 & rated 92 points: Very lively, and best on the second day. Consistent with previous note, except no hint of toffee/butterscotch. Instead, there's a slight whiff of marzipan/crème brulee/powdered sugar on the nose towards the end of the bottle. And it's becoming even more expressive and expansive. Yum. A delicious and decadent Muscadet. (1075 views)|
| ||Tasted by Rieslingfan on 5/26/2014: Brought a mag of this to a party, so no formal notes, but I can say that this is the kind of Muscadet I like. It is richer than normal, and has more breadth to the aromas and flavors. It's still quite linear and precise compared to other wines, but it is in no way severe. Great with the grilled shrimp kabobs. (1276 views)|
| ||Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 5/25/2014: Light yeastiness, lots of (lemon and lime) citrus; awesome acidity and minerality; great complexity. This is fantastic muscadet!|
Follow up: even after a week of cold storage, this is still a uniquely rich and shows a variety of floral and citrus notes. Very nice. (945 views)
| ||Tasted by Chris Newport on 3/3/2014: Age has been kind to this wine. Starting to take on some darker light golden hues in the glass, with bright acidic fruit aromas on the nose. The wonderful acidity is still here, and this is still dominated by a sensation of rocks and citrus, but fruit is also starting to take on some darker tones, which really add to the appeal of this. What really makes this special though is the intensity of the finish - intense and mouthcoating, lingering on after the last sip. A really fantastic bottle of wine. I remember this as being special when young... if anything, this is even better now. (1241 views)|
| ||Tasted by greenblanket on 2/17/2014: Another great "this Muscadet goes to eleven" showing for this wine. While it has the weight and feel and some of the oceanic presence of a good Chablis it still presents as all Muscadet. It was awesome with a goat cheese appetizer and a Nicoise-ish salad. (1299 views)|
| ||Tasted by John Nezlek on 1/30/2014: Atypically, I will not provide a score for this wine because I do not feel that I have a good enough understanding of this wine to do so. A first, I almost thought it oxidized, but this type of taste is the style of this wine. I drank it a while ago (this note is from memory, but it is a memorable wine). As others have noted, mineral flavors. Well balanced. I can see why some say a few more years. I have a bunch more, and I will revisit the wine later. (935 views)|
| ||Tasted by sawira on 12/9/2013 & rated 91 points: Coming out of its clumsy phase. Easily identifiable as Muscadet, and even Clisson, on the nose alone, this is nicely layered, detailed, ripe for a Muscadet (but not overly so), and delicious. Hints of subtle and tasteful butterscotch to add to the ripe tropical oriented fruit profile (for a Muscadet). Great acidty, blazing Meyer lemon, nice chalk, minimal seashore, very good length. Starting its run, this will be delicious for a decade plus, easily. 91pts pure qulity, 92 pts personal preference, this might even gain more over time. (1080 views)|
| ||Tasted by cos82 on 9/5/2013 & rated 91 points: A beautiful Muscadet. All sea air, minerals and peaches on nose and perfectly balanced palate. (1385 views)|
| ||Tasted by cos82 on 5/12/2013 & rated 92 points: 3rd time from my cellar, and I love this wine. Straw yellow. Smells of the sea and crushed chalk. Beautiful food wine that went great with smoked salmon brunch. Perfectly balanced with nice acidity tasting of crushed stones, steel and a hint of lemon. As good a Muscadet that you could wish for. (1638 views)|
| ||Tasted by sawira on 4/24/2013: Starts out a bit muted, both nose and palate. Eventually shows some chalky lemon. Body thinner than I remember. Muted. The next evening opens to show more varietal typicity, but still a bit held back. The length is the biggest clue, and it's quite long, while the details of my previous Day Two note only show up on the end of the 2nd evening, at the end of the last glass. I'd sit on these for another two or three years (maybe more?), or slow ox for 10 hours, as I think they're in a dumb phase. Not close to showing its potential of 93-94pts. (1507 views)|
| ||Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 2/24/2013 & rated 91 points: MuscaDay 2013 (Tom's House - Washington, DC): I like each vintage we tasted, but something about 2007 speaks to me. Aromas of peach blossom, guava, perfume, orange peel, honeyed tea. The palate is rich, deep and full of creamy peach, guava and orange fruit, but of course the zesty acid is there for balance. Bracing minerals provide backbone. The depth of this makes me think it could age for a decade. (1889 views)|
| ||Tasted by manonthemoon on 2/24/2013 & rated 92 points: Nose was really nice wth flowers, citrus, minerals.|
Palate of lemon, salt, sea salt.
My favorite of the lineup. (1779 views)
| ||Tasted by tdelorme on 12/20/2012: This has been impressive from the first bottle I had a couple of years back, but it is just starting to really sing -- can't wait to try this again in another year or two. (1756 views)|
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|By John Gilman|
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, The Annual Loire Valley Report Vintages 2013, 2012 and a Host of Older Wines (9/1/2014)
(Muscadet-sur-Lie-de-Sèvre-et-Maine “Granite de Clisson” – Dom. de la Pépière (3 lt.)) Login and sign up and see review text.
|i-WineReview.com, Report 22: Wines of the Western Loire (5/6/2010)|
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|By Josh Raynolds|
Vinous, May 2010
(Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevre et Maine Granit de Clisson) Subscribe to see review text.
|By John Gilman|
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, The Annual Loire Valley Report- Plenty of Fine Wines Abound Amongst Current Releases from the 2008, 2007 and 2006 Vintages
(Muscadet-de- Maine-et-Sèvre “Granite de Clisson”- Domaine de la Pépière) Login and sign up and see review text.
|By Chris Kissack|
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite de Clisson) This cuvée was harvested at 45 hl/ha, and has spent two years (with bâtonnage) on its lees which is outside the stipulated limit laid down in appellation regulations for placing the terms sur lie on the label. Madness! A lovely expression on the nose, and on the palate a fine but deep character, beautifully composed, broad and very mineral. The texture is impressive for the appellations, nicely balanced out by plenty of vivacious acidity. This is the business! 18.5+ points
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Muscadet de Sèvre-et-MaineMuscadet (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.