New Arrivals From Nantes - Luneau 2002 & 2005, Briords 2011 and Many More!

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It's peak season for Muscadet and we have happily received another shipment from Luneau-Papin, replenishing our stocks of older wines, as well as the first installment of their superb 2010 Pierres Blanches Vieilles Vignes "Hermine D'Or" -  a great value that's only available in the US at Chambers Street. The 2011 Muscadet  and Muscadet Clos des Briords from Marc Olivier and Remy Branger at Pepiere have also arrived. Partially harvested by our own Eben Lillie, the pickers did a great job bringing in perfect fruit in this difficult vintage and the results are outstanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also in stock are more of the great 2010s from Jo Landron at Domaine de la Louvetrie. Jo's Hermine D'Or is another sensational value for those who like their Muscadet with firm acidity and strong flavors of the soil. Why not go see Alex Villani of Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket in Grand Army Plaza, Tribeca/Greenwich St or Union Square, and pick-up some of the freshest fish in NY. Pair it with one of these fabulous Muscadets - the greatest (and most refreshing) fish wines in the world! We'll be happy to recommend the right Muscadet for your seafood...

 

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Pépière 2011 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Fifteen days of rain in August — not exactly what a vigneron is hoping for! On August 20th the skies began to clear, and with good weather in September Marc Olivier and his team were able to bring perfect fruit to the winery by doing a severe selection in the vineyard. Our tastings of the vats in February revealed not a trace of rot in the wines, with lovely fruit and firm acidity. 2011 is an excellent vintage at Pepiere despite the adverse conditions.

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Pépière 2011 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clos des Briords

Despite the rains in August, the 2011 Clos des Briords is a terrific wine, comparing well with the excellent 2007. Aromas of citrus skin, herbs, stone and salt air, the palate has good depth without fat, and a lean elegant finish with flavors of acids and citrus. At $16.99 this remains one of the World's Greatest Wine Values, either to drink now for it's breathtaking minerality or to appreciate periodically during it's 20 to 30 year evolution. Very old vines on granite de Chateau Thébaud with shallow clay topsoils, organic farming.

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Pépière 2011 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

This lovely wine clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons, a great parcel on gneiss with clay and amphibolite stones, produces lovely, classic Muscadet. A wine to drink over the next 6 to 10 years, it has a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing and bright, is softer and more open. Delicious now, enjoy this softer and more delicate wine as you wait for the Clos des Briords to mature....

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Luneau-Papin 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine V.V. Pierres Blanches Hermine d'Or

Les Pierres Blanches is an excellent hillside vineyard in La Chapelle Heulin with 60-plus year-old vines on sandy gravel over schistes and mica-schistes. In 2010 it's particularly outstanding with citrus, white fruit and herbal aromas, the palate is fairly rich for a 2010, but backed with ample acidity giving mineral flavors and good length. Silky, refreshing, and quite complex with hints of anise, balanced and food-friendly. A very lovely Muscadet to drink now and over the next five years and a great value. (The Hermine D'Or label is given to special cuvees of Muscadet that are submitted to a jury of wine-makers)

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Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Hermine d'Or

A great Muscadet by Jo Landron coming from an organic vineyard on clay and sand over a sub-soil of gneiss, rich in iron and quartz and quite high in acidity. Kept on the lees for 12 months. Lime-flower, bitter melon and sea-air aromas, hints of licorice and citrus on the palate with bracing acids. Quite dense and long with an enormously rich expression of mineral salts in the finish. This will drink well young, with fish and shellfish but will benefit from 5 to 10 years of aging, when it will accompany richer dishes. Did we say that the price is ridiculously, even embarrassingly low, as Landron's great work deserves a much higher price...

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Louvetrie 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Fiefs du Breil

Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sevre, with clay, sand and quartz stones over a bedrock of Orthogneiss. The vines average 40 to 50 years of age, the vineyard is certified organic and biodynamic and gives very low yields. Always one of my favorite Muscadets, the 2010 is superb with citrus, pear and herbals aromas with a bit of smoke and sea-salt. The palate is dense and very long with fabulous acidity. Perhaps best in eight to ten years, it will provide exhilarating early drinking and will be very interesting in 20 years as well.

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Pepiere 2009 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Ch.Thebaud Clos Morines

This is a brilliant Muscadet from a great hillside parcel of old vines belonging to Remy Branger's family. The wine spent 30 months on the lees and carries the new Cru Communal label of Chateau-Thébaud. Here we have the richness of the 2009 vintage but with lovely balance and acidity. The granite of Chateau-Thebaud is more porous and fractured than that of Clisson, allowing the roots easier access to water, giving a more balanced wine in a year of hydric stress. The wine has elegant white fruit, citrus and stone aromas with less fat and more freshness than the Clisson. At 12% alcohol, the palate is lively and very mineral with hints of citrus, pear and spice. This is delicious now but will age beautifully for 20 years and more....
 

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Pépière 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

Beginning in 2005, Marc Ollivier has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 60 to 90 year-old vines within the Pepiere vineyard. Originally called "Granite de Clisson" after the unique bedrock in the vineyard, Marc has changed the name to "Clisson" to agree with the new INAO Cru Communal classification. (The INAO, in it's wisdom does not permit a specific terroir name as an AOC, preferring regional names. This often results in a mix of terroirs, which in this case, defeats the idea for the Cru Communal for most growers in Muscadet). The 2009 Clisson, kept on the lees for 24 months, is a gorgeous wine with creamy citrus, herbal, white fruit and stony aromas. The palate is ripe and round with lovely white fruit, almond and herbal flavors and good acidity and minerality in the finish. At 13.3% alcohol, Marc feels that this is the upper limit for a balanced wine from his vineyards and feels that it lacks a bit of acidity, but that aging will bring more elegance to the wine. We think it's fabulous, although definitely a richer and more opulent style of Muscadet. It will pair beautifully with monkfish, halibut and shellfish and should become very interesting with 10 to 20 years of aging.

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Luneau-Papin 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

Another superb vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or. It's a bit rounder and riper than the 2007 perhaps, but with more density of fruit and the acidity and structure to age beautifully. (Somewhat similar in style to the 2009 Pépière Chateau-Thébaud, which also combined the richness of the vintage with outstanding balance and acidity) This is drinking well now with complex aromas including citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is silky and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious and with great structure for a 2009. A good candidate for aging, this seems like a somewhat denser and riper version of the 1995.This is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. DL

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Luneau-Papin 1999 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or (Arrives 6/3)

(Tasted in 2010) Wow, the 1999 "L" is finally beginning to sing! Aromas of lemon oil, thyme, stone, still quite fresh. The palate is opening with complex citrus and exotic fruit with of course a healthy dose of almost bitter stony minerality and a beautiful finish. A gorgeous wine that will continue to improve for another ten years at least...

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Luneau-Papin 1997 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

A great bottle of Muscadet from this rather warm year in the Loire Valley. More forward than other vintages, but with enough acidity and minerality to balance the fruit. Ripe white and exotic fruit aromas with some secondary earth and mushroom hints. The palate is full with buttery lemon and stone flavors with good finishing acidity. Highly recommended.

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