Domaine de La Pépière
Muscadet Sèvre Maine
This is the grand daddy of all wines from the Muscadet Sèvre Maine area at the western mouth of the Loire River. This area is known for its stunningly pristine and austere oysters, similar to the wine. The Dutch planted the Melon de Bourgogne vines initially as a means to make neutral grape spirits to be shipped back to Holland. Over time the locals starting making wine from the grapes and not distilling them. Eventually, the wines became widely sought after for their mineral driven high acid qualities that pair well with food.
In modern times the better wines are aged sur lie, hoping the fine lees will give the wine some added texture and a bit of body to the very lean wine. Monsieur La Pépière makes the best of these wines and from his cellar, Clisson is the very best. It is grown in the northern most point of the appellation - its almost comparable to Chablis in its flavor profile and winemaking process. The soil is virtually all granite yielding some of the poorest soils in the area. The stressed old vines produce wines that are super structured, serious yet elegant. The finished product is chalky, tends to have considerably more body than most Muscadet, and, if you listen to the winemaker, Clisson could age up to 30 years.
Enjoy with oysters, chilled seafood or fresh goat’s milk cheeses.
$30 each for 12 ounces
This wonderful artisanal goat’s milk cheese with a blooming rind is all handcrafted and hand-ladled milk, made with a vegetarian rennet. Soft and slightly pungent, it’s a perfect summer cheese.
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