Matched perfectly with some pasta topped with clams. Salty citrus, sea, quince, fresh herbs, and some secondary nuts rounding out the wine. Pepiere is always a good choice for a sip with anything from the sea.
Rainy pavement nose with a strong shot of herby lychee and grapefruit. The palate is mostly about the minerality and gentle acidity as the fruit density is on the lower side. The fruit expression, which is like that of the nose only less so, seems the actually follow the expressive mineraly acids. Fantastic to a certain kind of or the right pairing. The lower fruit concentration limits this but it's certainly still a string wine of the kind. Probably not one for a long term aging curve.
Seashells, salty minerals, citrus, light cheese, and dried herbs. Excellent match with mussels in a wine/herbs sauce. Really enjoyed the combo of the wine and fennel in the broth. Great value. Tart and crisp.
Served quite chilled. White gold color. Nose of sea air, white flowers, sea air, granite. Great acidity and a hit of tartness out of the gate, then with time turning more bone dry laced with subtle layers of grapefruit and white peach. Flinty finish with some grip. Just terrific paired with slightly acidic food course (tomato soup).
Probably the cleanest, lightest wine I've ever had. The nose had what might be best described as blue cheese like, but the taste was all lemony and briny. I now get why people rave so much about Muscadet. Wish I could find more.
MuscaDay 2013 (Tom's House - Washington, DC): Salty and briny on the nose, with faint perfume and white flowers. The palate shows a salty, pure mineral aspect, a briny oceanic theme mixes with sweet citrus. Rich and long, and full of life for the cellar. Another taster wrote "Fuck yeah!" I concur.
My usual note for this wine: Fuck yeah! Not so useful, I think , for the social media aspect, but this wine just makes me grin from ear to ear, particularly when paired with a few perfect oysters as an appetizer. If we're going to get into it though, it does seem like this is quieter than it was even 6 months ago - stick it in a corner and drink the '09s; I think this has the legs for the long haul.
Opened one as my usual pairing with oysters. Salinity, precision, and long finish. Already very good. The surprise came 6 hours after opening. The nose really blossomed! some floral and wood notes, and still that long finish. Outstanding one, and goog omen for the future.
Even I don't know where I'm getting this sensation but I've been thinking about it for 15 minutes and what comes most to mind as I repeatedly sniff the glass is clover. Never experienced that before with any Briords so I'm assuming it has more to do with me, today, than the wine. On the palate I can taste the things I'm used to--lemon, some kind of a slatey element--but also just a touch of honeycomb. To accompany Dungeness crab a little later; should be quite nice.
Interesting aromas on the nose, reminding me both of fresh lemon zest along with something slightly funky, like an old lemon. Bright acidity immediately on the palate, primarily lemon/lime flavors with a touch of green apple and mineral in the finish. Overall a very nice wine, clean, zippy and enjoyable.
Pale yellow. Sea salt, stone, lemon and a whiff of honey. Then lemon, honey and verbena on the tart finish. Pleasantly light while delivering a mouthful of flavor. Very happy I just got to stock up on this!
Just an amazing sip for the $! Has great acids, full lemon/pear fruit, nice long finish, dry chalky flavors as well as honeyed herbs. Killed with oysters on the half shell and crab/shrimp stuffed Salmon off the BBQ. Loved the intense nose of sea foam, lemon, saline, a little iodine, unripe pear, and florals. Laser-like palate of shells, lemon, chalk, light melon, and stone. Hopefully, this will make its way into our cellar every year in multiple bottles. Muscadet and oysters= perfection!
This bottle seemed a bit more clammed up than the last. Although still structured and complex, it still tighter and more unyielding than before, which leads me to think I should let the remaining bottles sleep a while, when they might surprise me with more to offer.
First night: Well balanced and refreshing. Some carbonation the first night that was gone on the second. Did not get the intensity that I remember. Still very enjoyable and a fantastic qpr, glad I have a few more bottles with which to revisit.
Second night: citrus really showing through, everything more giving this time around. Chalky minerality. Rebuy: have enough of this, but future vintages, yes.
Point scores feel so arbitrary sometimes - a few extra for stickies, fewer for workhorse daily drinkers - and I feel I may be underrating this lovely muscadet. Austere and complicated, yet delicious and refreshing. Creamy and tasting of deep-ocean salinity and ancient sea-bed, with a tight ball of old-vine vinousness at its core. Absolutely classic.
Sure, I stocked up, but still feel like I never have enough of these around. In fact, my cellartracker consumption data shows I drink more of Mark Ollivier's wines than anyone's. So, back to the shop for more.
From magnum. Sustained great balance and acid + mineral drive over 4 days, with little in the way of development, let alone exhaustion. At the same time, the flavors and aromas seemed just a tad reticent. So even more so than usual, this is one for the cellar.
Almost the platonic ideal of a great summertime wine. Love the huge nose of green apples, fresh lemon peel, and flint and the lemony, salty, chalky, zippy acidic palate. Pair it with seafood, salad, or whatever; you'll be happy you did.
Lean, mean acid fueled mineral bomb. White pear and restrained grapefruit are the many flavors. Lots of rainy pavement aromas and minerals tinges on the palate. Broad, fresh lemon juice like acidity. Gives the 07 a run for it's money. Terrific.
Usually my favorite bottle of Muscadet but this one is feeling a little over-extracted and it has a slight back palate burn from alcohol. Make no mistake this is massive by Muscadet standards. It also has the brilliant acidity I'd expect. Something is just not coming together right now and it is entirely possible it will with time. These bottles tend to hold up some 10 years.
Dinner With Alain Coudert, Francois Pinon, Marc Ollivier, and the Baudrys (Hundred Acres NYC): Excellent vintage of this, all of the classic acidity and salinity that defines this cuvee for me with just a bit of fruity substance in the background waiting to come to the fore as the acidity dies down over the years. My favorite since the '07 I think, this just cries out for a plate of salty seafood. Drink this now or wait a while for some of the acidity to die down, should be great either way.
Le Muscadet donne selon moi parmis les meilleurs rapports qualité-prix en blanc en France, sinon dans le monde, et ce vin vient encore le confirmer. Quand je vois des vignerons aussi attentionnés et méticuleux que Luneau-Papin, Bossard ou Marc Ollivier vendre leurs vins autour de 20$ (et même beaucoup moins en France et aux USA), je me dis que notre monde est si injuste.
Ce Clos des Briords 2010 est un vin d'une droiture et d'une maturité de fruit irréprochable pour un blanc de son "rang". On retrouve un style plus classique qu'avec le 2009, mais toujours avec cette pointe de fruit (citron confit) qui vient lui apporter un petit côté gourmand. Un vin à mettre impérativement en cave pour en apprécier tout son potentiel, notamment à table.
Nez assez timide sur la pomme verte... mais c'est en bouche que ça se passe. Attaque vive, puis le vin prend de l'amplitude pour se terminer avec une longue finale tranchante, avec acidité appuyée. Un vin impressionnant, un peu austère, sur la structure bien davantage que le fruit, qui évoque un peu Chablis et Sancerre. Fera une superbe bouteille de gastronomie. Très beau vin de roches.
En fin blommig doft med en cirtus ton och i brist på bättre ord, druvig. I smaken går allt igen men direkt ur flaskan är den druviga tonen mer uppenbar och ordentligt med mineraler och en frisk syra. Efter 48 timmar i kylen så är det mer citrustoner. Syran och mineralerna har lagt sig för lite mer komplexitet.
Pale straw with green flecks. Dances on the palate with a slight spritz of effervescence on the tip of the tongue followed by nice lift from the vibrant acidity and a creamy richness to round everything out. NOse of crushed shells, iodine, lemon zest, granny smith apple and a hint of reglisse. On the palate, flavours of briny quince, ceam and apple. This really needs another year or two to open up.
I think this is just too young. It's citrusy and leesy, with good intensity and plenty of minerality and acid cut, but the fruit seems a bit simple at first It takes a lot of air to start to wake up but by that point the bottle was mostly empty.
Dry and crisp. The wine has a pale straw color and a full body with a stony minerality on the nose and subtle hints of lemon zest and honey hiding deep within. The palate shows just a whisper of honey at first but is dominated by a flinty minerality on the mid and rear palate. Tremendous finish that shows pepper and some of the lemon zest on the nose.
Really good wine at $17. I will definitely pick up a couple more bottles to see how they improve with age.
Nose: Smashed chalk and seashell, saltwater, apple skin, peanut skin, lime, and cellar dust. Dominated by mineral, and very nice.
Mouthfeel: Very dry and dusty, with a tiny hint of spritz when first poured.
Palate: A bit on the austere side, but with good follow-through of the mineral character of the nose, coconut, and structured with good bracing acid. The finish is very dry and nutty but rather short. This is certainly not a fruity wine; barely get any on the palate.
Loved the nose, less so the palate, but a good wine and a great value. I'm going to refrain from giving it a numerical score because I have a head cold and am not convinced I got everything it had to offer.
Pale. Just full of tart citrus (first lemon and then slightly riper tangerine) and stone which cling long after swallowing the wine. The only things it is lacking are grip and intensity of the best vintages. Fine for current drinking but not a Briords for aging. Consistent impressions both times tasted.
Lovely, as always. A bit less rounded than the 2009, but otherwise quite friendly and approachable for a young Briords. Quite generously lime-fruited in this vintage, with the minerality just a tad submerged.
Man I loved the 2009 and am not as enthralled with the 2010. It's still good and a solid value but I miss the richness. Reading the notes, it seems like the 2010 may be more of the standard profile. I'll just wait for another warm year.
Another incredible bottle. It benefits from air and is far more expressive at around 50 degrees versus a typical fridge temperature. This had bruised orchard fruit and seashell tones on the nose with an incredibly dense (for a Muscadet) palate that was clean, elegant and balanced. Hard to expect anything better for the price.
Incredibly intense and precise wine. Lovely crushed sea shell nose showing hints of bruised orchard fruit and cereal grain. On the palate this shows lemon and mineral flavors that are intensely focused culminating in an energetic and long lasting finish. The pinnacle of Muscadet and the penultimate pairing for the raw bar. This is everything one comes to expect from Muscadet, but with the volume turned up a notch.
Nice clean musacdet. One of the most reliable producers is the last several vintages. Not as complex on the backend as previous vintages but very typical on the nose with salinity, mouth-watering acidity, and lemon zest. These wines were built for shellfish
Good fresh seawater tones with great minerality, subtle white florals and fresh melon. Palate is feminine and slightly denser than the mineral-water-like Sur Lie cuvee. Crisp, lively and complex, this is great.
Flat out great bottle of $15 juice. Went well with caeser salad, risotto, and stood up well against some Copper River. Brisk acidity. Not quite as tart on the finish as past vintages. Pear, sea, quince, rocks, and Meyer lemon on the nose. Pear, quince, lemon, parsley, sea, and gravel on the palate. Nice long finish.
Pale. Wonderful seashell aromatics that carry through to the palate, complemented by bitter citrus. On the plus side, extremely pure, mineral, and light, but it does not possess brisk acidity or as much intensity as I've come to expect from this cuvee.
Pear and melon notes on the nose that lead to vibrant juiciness and evident minerality. Some yeasty notes and very focused with citrus notes. This wine really emerged as it warmed a bit in the glass. Great freshness and excellent acidity. The best is that this will deliver for years to come.
seems to be a fantastic vintage for this great wine. clearly defined lemon and anise aromas, a hint of leesy saline depth. the wine is energetic and lean, with strong acidity and good balance. a vintage to go long on.