Marc Ollivier (photo: Eben Lillie

Good News! 2012 Pépière "Clisson" and 2010 "Quatre" Have Arrived!

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Good news seems to be in short supply these days, but the arrival of great new wines from Domaine de la Pépière is certainly something to celebrate. Our friend Marc Ollivier has given us many beautiful wines over the last twenty-five years and he has added two more brilliant Muscadets that belong in your cellar. 2012 was an outstanding but very low-yielding vintage at Pépière and produced one of the finest Clos des Briords ever made. The vintage features good ripeness matched with very firm acidities and corrrect levels of alcohol leading to wines with vibrant fruit that are built to age. The 2012 Clisson seems equal to the superb 2010 - it will be sensational in 2032, but for those who can't defer their gratification, it's sensational right now as well! Along with the 2012 Clisson comes the 2010 Cuvée Quatre - Marc and Rémi have continued their experiments with long sur-lie aging, inspired by historical records from the 19th century and by their friends Michel Bregeon and Pierre Luneau. (The 1976 Luneau-Papin L d'Or spent six years on the lees and is still drinking beatifully) This is their latest and perhaps most successful release in this series, bottled after spending four years sur-lie. While it's difficult to say how long it will age, it will be a quite wonderful accompaniment to any elegant seafood dish over the next ten years at least.

As Marc Ollivier nears retirement, we salute his long and distinguished career as one of the great winemakers of the Loire Valley. Early in his career Marc began harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts, he carefully obtained new parcels with old vines on great terroir and gradually converted his entire estate to organic farming. His "regular" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine is always an outstanding value and his old-vine cuvées - Clos des Briords, Gras Moutons, Clisson, Clos des Morines and his special long-elevage wines have helped elevate the image of Muscadet for wine-lovers around the world. And his wise association with the capable Rémi Branger and Gwénaëlle Croix ensures that Domaine de la Pépière will be producing great wines for many years to come. Thank you, Marc!

 

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Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson

 Beginning in 2005, Marc Ollivier has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 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 granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. The 2012 Clisson, kept on the lees for 24 months, is a gorgeous wine that seems perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol, with very firm acidity, intense aromatics and terrific density on the palate. The wine is a bit closed due to the recent bottling (November 2014) compared with our tasting from vat last February, but still shows sharp floral aromas with white fruits, dried herbs, lemon and stone. Dense pear, apple, citrus, stone, mushroom and anise coat the palate with high viscosity and very firm acids with fabulous length of citrus, white fruits and saline minerals. Beautiful now in its youthful intensity, best at 10 to 20 years of age - bravo, again, to Marc and Rémi!

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Pépière 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Quatre

The 2010 Cuvée Quatre is two-thirds from very old vines on granite of Chateau Thébaud and one-third from vines on the less porous granite of Clisson and was bottled at 12.5% alcohol in November of 2014 after 48 months on the lees. Tasted in February of 2014 the wine showed superb aromas of yellow and white fruits with bitter stone flavors and fabulous length. Tasted on arrival in NY, the wine shows a more secondary mid-palate with earth, mushroom, almond and dried pear with classic aromas of dried herbs, citrus peel and stone. This will age beautifully and meanwhile drink happily with full-flavored oysters, halibut and swordfish. (A year later, November 2015, the wine has tightened up a bit and is showing even better, with a density and structure for long aging. This should be very interesting in 15 years...)

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Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clisson 1.5 L

Beginning in 2005, Marc Ollivier has produced this cuvée from a small parcel of 50 to 110 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 granite is covered with gravel and clay with large stones, ensuring good drainage and deep penetration by the roots into the fissures in the bedrock, bringing the mineral elements indispensable to this wine. The 2012 Clisson, kept on the lees for 24 months, is a gorgeous wine that seems perfectly balanced at 13% alcohol, with very firm acidity, intense aromatics and terrific density on the palate. The wine is a bit closed due to the recent bottling (November 2014) compared with our tasting from vat last February, but still shows sharp floral aromas with white fruits, dried herbs, lemon and stone. Dense pear, apple, citrus, stone, mushroom and anise coat the palate with high viscosity and very firm acids with fabulous length of citrus, white fruits and saline minerals. Beautiful now in its youthful intensity, best at 10 to 20 years of age - bravo, again, to Marc and Rémi!

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  • 0 in stock
  • $64.99

  • Organic