Took a while to wake up after opening, but it doesn't disappoint. Still all seashells and lime, but now with a richer, honey and thyme component as well. Doesn't have the cut it had when it was younger, but that's a fine trade off. Glad I managed to hold onto a couple of these.
Fifteen minutes ago a bottle of 2005 showed badly flawed. I opened this as a reality check.
Yeah, that bottle of '05 was off, not me. This one's fresh and brisk. I didn't buy much of this vintage but it seems to be doing well. Lots of volume. Seems to be a richer vintage which would explain why I only bought a few bottles. Plump; not fat. Very good.
Day 3: not surprisingly, this is even better now. As long as the bottle isn't tainted this is what always seems to happen with this wine.
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(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Clos des Briords) A limpid pale golden hue. The nose is reticent at first, before slowly unfurling to reveal the aromas of green-golden fruits with notes of rock salt, laid over a plump minerality. It has an appealing freshness on the palate, but there is a weighty almost ponderous style to it, with rather subtle although persistent acidity. A nice minerally core to it, chalky but bright, but overall the wine's character is one of bold substance and power rather than delicacy, vibrancy or nervosity. And the midpalate concentration seems a little lacking. Nevertheless a worthy wine which may do rather well in the cellar, but not really showing its best now I feel.
(Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie Clos des Briords) A fine, shimmering and fairly rich golden hue. This has a great nose, quite explosive, stuffed with savoury minerality, with an almost quartzy, crystalline quality, behind which sits some very delightful sweet fruit, reminiscent of star fruit, pineapple and stony white peach all scattered with fresh pollen. The palate is no less impressive, with a savoury, rich, deep and yet expressive layer of minerally, the crunchy fruit apparent at first, followed by more bitter structural elements through the midpalate, before the finish gives way to a firm and defining acidity partnered with a rather sour layer of fruit beneath. Long, savoury and with a sappy weight, and overall very good, finishing up with a fine grip and pithy substance. A better bottle than my last one - a bottle that didn't seem to be showing its best, it has to be said.
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