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.
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(Domaine de la Pépière (Marc Ollivier) Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords) Light yellow color; tart apple, reduction, leesy, green peanut nose; tart apple, mineral palate; medium-plus finish 90+ points (over 50 yr old vines)
(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Clos des Briords) This is my first taste of the wine since it was bottled. It has a good colour in the glass, bright but pale. The nose is fresh and defined, showing lemon-citrus and pear fruits, all gritty and aromatic, and this certainly has a very confident style. It has a very slightly saline note, but perhaps it is a slightly too rich and bold style for this character to show through too strongly. This is followed by rather a full character on the palate, with a rich depth to it, but with an appealing substance and firm, full and rather solid acid backbone. There is nothing filigree or delicate here, this is a wine with tangible extract and a big, dense, minerally core. The lively zestiness of youth has given way to a firmer, more substantial character on the palate. Good now, with solid minerality, really clamping down on the finish, and full of future potential. A different style to 2009, which I think I preferred very slightly (having been sucked in by the ripe exuberance of the wine) but this vintage should keep classicists, and those looking to age the wine, very happy indeed.
(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Clos des Briords) Another sample from cuve. A very appealing mineral substance here, showing a bright and very classic character, with touches of thyme, lemon zest and a crunchy mineral undercurrent. A supple start on the palate, although it is bright, with a slightly perfumed structure, and there are lots of zesty minerals at the core. There is certainly plenty of potential here, with good substance to the midpalate and a fine, fresh character into the finish.
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