Drank this bottle over two days. Moving past its slightly shut-down phase and into young maturity, where acidity is well-integrated with general body, minerality, and iodine flavors, but depth and pungency aren't yet fully on display. The texture is smooth, seamless, and pleasing. A fine wine which may show more overt complexity in another year or three, but is a pleasure to drink now with a good meal.
Consistent with previous note. Saline, crisp, detailed, nuanced, oily, fresh, and young still. This is brilliant as it warms and sits in glass. Hasn't budged in 4 years, this can easily go another decade, and might be worth it for the gained complexity, though this is a superb Muscadet now. A true winner.
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(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Clos des Briords) As In the glass this wine has a pale yet shimmering hue, and aromatically this is an absolute classic, and immediately puts to bed any notion that this vintage - despite any concerns I may have raised in my Loire 2009 report - might yield only atypical, undrinkable, soft and fuzzy wines. There is salt-brushed fruit, quite rich yet still so evocatively Muscadet, bright and minerally, with scents of lemon, lime and green herbs. There is a similar purity on the palate, which has an immediate confidence, bright and increasingly defined and incisive with subsequent mouthfuls. The acidity has a forthright and crunchy style, with great minerality; it keeps a wonderfully pure and focused style, despite it showing richness and a fine weight in keeping with the warmer vintage, although it is by no means fleshy or over-the-top, and it all culminates in a delectably bitter finish. This is brilliant wine - I love it!
(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Clos des Briords) From old vines, at least 80 years of age, in a 3-hectare plot with a granite terroir. The nose here is very open and expressive, the palate attractive with plenty of good fruit and a fresh and vigorous style. Nicely balanced. Hugely superior to the two domaine wine samples tasted above.
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