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More Muscadet, Please: New Arrivals Featuring 2012 Pépière Chateau Thébaud plus Dinner (with Oysters!) at Racines NY Tuesday June 14th!

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As we approach peak Muscadet Season (which is all year at my house) we are happy to announce the arrival of the long-awaited 2012 Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines!" Since acquiring this hillside parcel of old vines from Rémi Branger's family, this wine has become perhaps the favorite from our friends at Pépière. The more friable granite of Château Thébaud allows deeper penetration by the vine roots giving a variation in the mineral content and better access to deep moisture. The low yields of the difficult 2012 vintage gave a small quantity of very intense wine which finally achieved good ripeness balanced with firm acidity, a recipe for great Muscadet. We first tasted this wine from cuve in February 2014 and it was immediately apparent that this would become a great wine. After three years on the lees the wine has outstanding concentration while remaining firm and bright with strong acidity. Drink now with oysters and white fish or cellar for twenty years for a beautiful mature expression.

There is always More Muscadet at Chambers Street and we offer our favorite recent arrivals along with an outstanding group of older wines available in very limitied quantities.  And please join us for dinner at Racines NY on Tuesday, June 14th as we sample a variety of these oustanding Muscadet while enjoying a sensational seafood menu from Chef Frederic Duca. We'll start with a selection of great oysters with some of the best young Muscadet and proceed to more complex dishes with the older wines including the 1995 and 1999 Luneau-Papin. This will be an exciting and stimulating evening of great food and wine perfectly paired. Please reserve below, limited seating.

Later that week, on Thursday, June 16th, please join us for Wine Lab with Jon Bonné: Muscadet. Email office@chambersstwines.com to reserve a spot at 5:00, 5:45, or 6:30. Wine Lab is free of charge and an excellent opportunity to learn about these great wines and Jon Bonné's research, tastings and travels through the Muscadet region in preparation for his second book: The New French Wine.

A true vigneron-hero of the Muscadet, Jo Landron of Domaine de la Louvetrie, makes some of our favorite wines year in and year out, including the wine formerly known as "Hermine d"Or" now labeled simply with the vineyard name "Les Houx." His organic and biodynamic farming has created rich, living soils and this excellent parcel near the Fiefs du Breil produces an unusually rich and complex Muscadet of terroir. The 2014 is particularly good and a sensational value as well. Another returning favorite is the beautiful 2010 Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or. This was a great vintage in Muscadet and this great cuvée on granite soils is still quite youthful and intense - perfect with fuller-flavored shellfish, but even better to put away for another ten or twenty years. We offer  a few older vintages from Luneau-Papin, and although the prices have gone up considerably on these "library" wines, we applaud the fact that the great work of the top Muscadet producers is finally being recognized and rewarded. Domaine de L'Ecu is represented of course with their wonderful 2014s as Fred Niger Van Herck continues, with Muscadet hero Guy Bossard, to produce great Biodynamic wines that are delicious young or with medium-term cellaring. For those budget conscious Muscadet buyers, such as myself, we offer the unusual and delicious wines of Domaine Parentière in Vallet. This tiny organic estate produces light, crystalline wines on Gabbro soils which are never chaptalized, including the 2014 Muscadet Vieilles Vignes (at 11.4% alcohol) and a lovely Gros Plant, the aptly named "Fraicheur Iodée de l'Atlantique" (at 10.2% alcohol) that are well worth trying.

All wines arrive by Friday June 3rd.

"Drink More Muscadet" say Jo Landron and Guy Bossard....

Pépière 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Ch.Thébaud "Clos des Morines"

For those who want a dryer style wine on Thanksgiving, this lovely Muscadet is opening up nicely and has the right weight and density to match  the turkey and sides. (And the superb new 2015  Luneau-Papin "Vera Cruz" would be lovely as well)   The Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines" comes from old vines on a beautiful vineyard sloping down towards the river. The granite here is fissured and permeable by the vine roots which have access to water during dry spells and absorb micro-nutrients along the way. 2009 and 2010 here were among the best of the vintage in Muscadet and the 2012 is outstnding as well from this somewhat difficult low-yielding vintage. More austere than the previous vintages, the 2012 shows subtle aromas of dried pear, herbs, citrus, almond and stone, quite subtle and elegant. The palate has excellent weight and concentration with firm acidity, without the forward fruit of the 2009 - very tight and mineral in style with terrific length. Fabulous served now with oysters, ceviche of cod, flounder and sole, and grilled fish, This should age beautifully for 20 years and more. Highly recommended. Tasted again in December of 2016, this beautiful Muscadet is beginning to open up a bit, with lovely fruit appearing in the aromas and palate, really drinking well, though obviously a wine that will benefit from another five years of aging, best perhaps 2022 - 2030.

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  • $23.49

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Parentière 2014 Vin de France Fraîcheur Iodée L'Atlantique

The Parentière Fraîcheur Iodée de L'Atlantique, which roughly translates as "Atlantic sea-spray" is made from Gros Plant (aka Folle Blanche) grown on gabbro soils near Vallet in the Muscadet Sèvre et Maine region. Domaine de la Parentière is a tiny estate which has been practicing organic agriculture for more than 30 years—the grapes are hand-harvested and fermented with wild yeasts and the wines are never chaptalized, remaining light, mineral and refreshing. The 2014 is a bit softer than usual and shows intriguing aromas of ripe melon, bitter lemon, almond, fresh herbs and stone. The palate is lively and light at 10.2% alcohol with pear, citrus, melon and stone flavors with a fresh lemony finish. This will be very refreshing on a hot day, especially with oysters, prosciutto and melon, terrines, salads and fried fish, etc, etc. Did we say this is an amazing value?

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Luneau-Papin 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or"

A beautiful L d'Or that shows the remarkable combination of ripeness, balance and great acidity in the 2010 vintage. This wine was surprisingly open and aromatic when tasted in January 2012 but possessed of perfect acidity and loads of saline mineral flavors, reminding us of 2002.

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Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie Fiefs du Breil

From a superb hillside vineyard on orthogneiss with clay and quartz stones. A great vintage for Jo's Fief du Breil! Yes, the aromatics are a bit more pronounced than in more austere vintages, and there is more presence of citrus and white fruits on the palate, but the wine retains a superb mineral character and the finish is brisk and very long. Simply a great Muscadet — drinking this alongside the Pepiere Clos des Briords would be a great lesson in the terroirs of the Pays Nantais! Tasted in February 2016, the wine is still youthful although the aromas are opening a bit, with intense minerality on the palate and fabulous length. Delicious now, this will be fabulous in 2025! Brisk enough for oysters and clams, perfect with cod, sole and flounder, complex enough for monkfish and swordfish - hurry down to Blue Moon Fish at the Greenmarket this Saturday!

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  • $31.99

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Dinner - More Muscadet Please! Tuesday June 14 7:00pm Racines NY 94 Chambers St

Join us for dinner at Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street, on Tuesday June 14th at 7:00. We'll taste 12 wines  starting with recent vintages accompanied by an outstanding oyster selection, followed by two courses  with older wines and a finale of the three oldest. Chef Frédéric Duca of Racines excells with seafood - this will be a fantastic and very delicious event!  Limited seating. $150 all inclusive of dinner, wine, tax and gratuity.

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Pépière 2015 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie

Since 1984, Marc Ollivier at Domaine de la Pèpiére has been making some of the finest wines in Muscadet Sévre et Maine, always harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts, bringing honor to his superb granite terroirs.Now fully organic, Marc and his new colleagues Rémi Branger and Gwäenelle Croix are making many superb special cuvées from their different parcels but their "basic" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine is still a great wine and a sensational value. Sourced from vines on granite of Chateau Thébaud and Clisson with topsoils of clay and gravel, this first bottling from younger vines is always a bit more aromatic and fruit-forward than the later versions. The 2015 benefits from the sunny condions of this excellent vintage and shows subtle aromas of lime-flower, citrus, ripe pear, wet stone and fresh herbs. The palate is dense with white fruits, lemon and stone with hints of anise backed by firm citrusy acids and mineral flavors - really refreshing and delicious. Perfect wih oysters of course and great with any mild-flavored fish and roast chicken as well. Bravo to Marc, Rémi and Gwaenelle!


This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.

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  • $17.99

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Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

 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. Aromas of stone and saline minerals, lime-flower, citrus and dried pear, ripe melon, anise and sea-air, hints of licorice, white fruits 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 grilled  or steamed fish and shellfish but also with crab, langoustines and lobster, especially after a few years of aging. 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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Ecu (Guy Bossard) 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Orthogneiss

Orthogneiss - metamorphosed granite, high in iron and magnesium, in this case a vineyard with shallow topsoils of clay, gravel and sand on which grow 50 year-old vines, on a south-east facing slope, certified organic since 1975 and biodynamic since 1998. Hand harvested, pneumatic press, wild yeast fermentation, no pumping, 18 months elevage sur lie. 2014 is an excellent vintage for Orthogneiss. Aromas of citrus peel, pear, apple, almond, lime flower, stone and earth with a certain "musty" character. (it is Muscadet after all) The palate is dense with saline minerals, citrus and pear, really chrystalline and with terrific length. A beautiful Muscadet to drink now with shellfish, cod, flounder and mild cheeses. Best perhaps 2020 to 2030 with a more complex cuisine and aged cheeses.

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Ecu (Bossard & Van Herck) 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite

The Domaine de l'Ecu "Granite" is always among the greatest of Muscadets and a testament to the heroic efforts of Guy Bossard - certified organic in 1975 and Biodynamic in 1998. Frequently a bit musty and closed in it's youth, the 2014 Granite shows surprisingly ripe aromas of dried pear, lime-flower, candied almond, citrus and stone. (On day two, the aromas have become more elegant, complex and quite beautiful) There is ample cool acidity on the palate framing the complex white fruits, stone, citrus and almond flavors that continue on the long very mineral finish. This is a great vintage for Granite - absolutely wonderful now and over the next fifteen years or more...

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Luneau-Papin 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Pierres Blanches V.V.

From a small "clos" in La Chappelle Heulin with 55 to 60 year-old vines on a terroir of gneiss with quartz stones. We're happy to have the "Pierres Blanches" back again - it's a small production from Luneau-Papin that rarely makes its way to the US. The 2014 shows beautiful pear and apple aromas with citrus and herbal notes. The palate is silky and refreshing with lovely white fruits, stone and lemon flavors blending together - a bit rounder and softer than the granite based "L d'Or." This is quite delicious now or over the next five years, served with any mild-flavored fish or chicken dish, quiches, goat cheeses and much more.

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Parentière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Vieilles Vignes

Organic farming on Gabbro soils,  hand harvetsing and  wild yeast fermntations  with no chaptalization produce  light, very mineral flavored wines at Domaine Parentiere. The 2014 Muscadet Vieilles Vignes shows intriguing aromas of citrus, ripe melon, almond, anise and stone, quite typical of Muscadet from Gabbro soils. Pear, melon, citrus, and stone flavors continue on the palate with an earthy finish of meyer lemon and firm acidity. At 11.4% alcohol it's light but full-flavored, perfect with oysters of course, but will accompany sole, flounder, cod and richer fish like monk and halibut as well, not to mention roast chicken and mild cheeses.  A fabulous value!

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Pepiere 2013 Muscadet Sevre 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. This is a gorgeous wine that seems perfectly balanced, with very firm acidity, intense aromatics and terrific density on the palate. 

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Pepiere 2013 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Monnieres-Saint Fiacre

Domaine de la Pépière has produced this lovely Cru Communal, in the new appellation Muscadet Monnières-Saint Fiacre from old vines on gneiss terroir with topsoils of sand and gravel, formerly part of the Cuvée Eden and Gras Moutons. Slow two month fermentation followed by 24 months of aging on the lees.  This is a scintillating Muscadet from a somewhat difficult year, showing aromas of bitter lemon, apple, pear, white pepper and herbs. The palate is austere and bright with stone, citrus and white fruits that continue on the mineral-infused finish. This is a great success for the vintage and is a perfect, and very elegant accompaniment to oysters, grilled fish and baked cod and flounder or any mild fish you can name, roast chicken too! Even better, cellar this wine for ten or more years to reveal its depth and complexity.

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Luneau-Papin 2012 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Noelles

The Luneau-Papin "Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," the grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The aromas are subtle and complex with dried pear, lemon-oil, dried mushroom, stone, anise, and white pepper. The palate is more round and supple than the L D'Or, dense and very mineral with bitter citrus, white fruits, stone, almond and floral notes. Really a brilliant young Muscadet  that should be decanted, and that will age beautifully.

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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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Delhommeau, Michel 2000 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Li Clos Armand Vieille Vigne

Natalie and Michel Delhommeau farm 27 hectares, recently converted to organic agriculture, in and around Monnieres on gabbro and gneiss soils. The Clos Armand was planted in 1945, just after the war, and is mostly on gabbro, a unique volcanic rock found in Muscadet  in Gorges and Monnieres. (CSW customers will be familiar with the gabbo wines of Michel Bregeon) The 2000 Clos Armand is a classic older Muscadet  initially showing a bit of musty (musqué, i.e. Muscadet) aroma, then lemon oil, ripe melon, stone, almond, mushroom and white pepper. Citrus and mineral favors on the palate with yellow fruits, citrus peel, stone and petrol. This is a lovely old Muscadet (showing its relation to Riesling) that's still lively and bright. Serve with Monkfish, langoustines, aged cheeses, foie gras and be happy....

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Luneau-Papin 2000 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le L D'Or

The Luneau-Papin "L D"Or" is from old vines in a hillside parcel on a south-facing slope with granite subsoil. This is always one of the most elegant and age-worthy Muscadets, which drinks beautifully as a somewhat austere young wine, and opens up gracefully over its 20 to 30 year lifespan. The 2000 shows subtle, quite complex aromas of pear, stone, melon, almond, crême brulée and honeysuckle . The palate shows a firm, youthful structure with citrusy acidity balancing ripe pear, stone and mineral flavors with almond and anise. While not possessing the depth and intensity of the best vintages, this is a lovely 16+ year-old wine that will continue to develop over the next ten years. (Serve cool, not too cold!)

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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 1995 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

This is a lovely fully-mature wine from a good if not great vintage for Muscadet. While it lacks the forward, riper quality of the 1997 and the weight and acidity of the sensational 1996, this still provides a delicious experience. The lemony aromas are starting to broaden with mushroom and earth, the palate is delicate but framed by saline mineral and bitter stone flavors. Drink this lovely wine while you're waiting for the 2002 — serve with an elegant fish preparation in a mild sauce...

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