Has continued to improve since previous tasting a year ago. Similar experience, but wine has become even more open, with a touch more fruit (especially some pear that I had noticed last time). Even in its youth this wine didn't have the piercing acidity that I usually look for in a muscadet. But on the other hand, this is an incredibly well balanced wine with loads of minerality and an excellent finish.
Back a couple of vintages... and showing its age? Not at all. In fact, even more intense, powerful and dare I say it with Muscadet? voluptous? full of fruit? Open, powerful and intensely long last. What a wine.
Citrus nose. Light bodied. Less acidity than typical, but still ample and refreshing. A bit of creaminess, but not overdone. Loads of mineral, good dry finish with a touch of bitter. Overall, a very elegant wine and a great QPR. May be a bit too delicate for the classic raw shellfish pairing, but nevertheless looking forward to trying it next time.
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(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie) This entry-level cuvée is due to be bottled towards the end of February 2012. It has a clean nose - perhaps the first and most important characteristic in this most trying of vintages. In fact it is fresh, with some expressive white pear fruit opening out. The palate is full, quite supple, although not in the least bit challenging. There is some good acid coming through the middle though, overall this wine having a lightly stony core but with a fine cushion of fruit around. Nothing minerally here, but an easy-going wine but with a good acid cut.