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Muscadet! Domaine de la Pépière 2019 "Gorges," 2021 "Briords," and more 2020 "Gras Moutons." Landron & Bregeonnette too...!

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We haven't had enough Muscadet in the store recently, so we're very glad for new arrivals from Domaine de la Pépière! (Notes from Gwénaëlle and Rémi appear below)

The 2019 Cru Communal "Gorges," produced by an exchange of juice with Fred Lallier at Domaine Bregeon, has become one of our very favorite Muscadet since its first production in 2014. The Gabbro terroir in Gorges creates a very full-bodied and uniquely mineral flavored wine which benefits from long-term aging. Not made since 2015, the 2019 is an astonishing and serious wine - decant or open well in advance if drinking now, best after 5 to 10 years in the cellar. "The 2019 "Gorges" was harvested on September 13th and was aged sur-lie for 30 months. The harvest was beautiful and the balance interesting, thus the 2019 "Gorges" shows more freshness and acidity than the 2015." - Gwénaëlle and Rémi

Old vines in the Clos des Briords

2021 "Briords Vieilles Vignes" First produced in 1988, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage. Known for its ability to age, the 2021, from this low-yielding vintage, is a bit softer and more ready-to-drink as a young wine and over the next 8 - 10 years. This is the only - and very  small - shipment of "Briords" for the 2021  vintage - don't miss it! "We had a very small harvest following the spring frost of 2021. This severe frost had two consequences: few bunches being present on the vine, it had no stress or problem "feeding" these grapes. The other important point is that the frost created a long delay in the growth of vegetation. In 2021 the harvest started late on September 16 - If it hadn't been for this frost, the harvest would probably have started at the end of August. For all the wines, and in particular Briords, this translates into a slower maturity of the grapes allowing a greater conversion of acidities (lower acidity in the finished wine). In the end, the Briords 2021 is, in our eyes, a very nice vintage qualitatively but which we do not wish to have again because quantitatively it is very, very tiny!" Gwénaëlle and Rémi

"Les Gras Moutons" "Gras Moutons" is a great hillside parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet to drink over the next 5 to 8 years. It has a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines and the palate, although refreshing, is softer and more open.

Pierre and Jo Landron, 1969

Jo Landron makes marvelous Muscadets and we're happy to have our two favorites back in the store - especially for those who like some minerals in their wine! The 2019 "Les Houx" and the '2017 "Fief du Breil" are full-bodied, well-structured wines in which the complex flavors and texures imparted by the terroir are predominant, making them beautiful food wines with any serious fish or shellfish preparation.

Stéphane Orieux

Stéphane Orieux at the Domaine de la Bregeonnette has been flying under the radar, but making superb, very elegant Muscadets on his small estate in Vallet, organic since 1967. The 2020 Clos de la Coudray, from old vines on granite soil, is a beautiful, crystalline and very mineral wine that will develop nicely over the next ten years. We recently drank the 2014 from magnum that was just a perfect wine, showing lovely complex mature aromas and flavors...and disappeared very quickly.

The Domaine de la Pépière wines have finally arrived in NY, please allow until Friday 9/30 for pick-up or shipping of wines in today's email. 10% case/mixed case discount applies!

Pépière 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Gorges

We're ecstatic to have another vintage of this superb new Muscadet from Pépière. The product of an exchange of juice with Fred Lailler at Domaine Bregeon from a tiny parcel of old vines on Gabbro bedrock with clay rich in quartz. The wine undergoes a slow fermentation and is then aged 42 months on the lees. (Marc Ollivier considers this a favorite of Pepiere's bottlings, along with the Château-Thébaud.) The 2019 Gorges is a complex, dense and beautifully structured wine, with  a bit more brightness and acidity than than the superb 2015.  The Gabbro terroir brings unique aromas showing almond, smoke and petrol notes in addition to stone, pear, quince and mushroom. The palate is dense and intensely mineral with ripe pear and quince, earth, almond, anise and citrus notes, with stone, lemon peel and white fruits lingering in the very long finish. If drinking young please give the wine a lengthy decant to release the unique character of this wine - best to wait at least 5 - 6 years before opening, then enjoy until 2042 and beyond.  David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $29.99

  • Organic

Pépière 2021 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Briords Vieilles Vignes

First produced in 1988, this great Muscadet is made from a three hectare parcel of old massale-selection vines (all over 60 years old, with a high percentage much older) on a slope above the Maine. The bedrock is Granite de Château Thébaud, a fissured rock that allows the vines to penetrate deeply, with ideal thin topsoils of clay, with sand and gravel allowing good drainage.  "We had a very small harvest following the spring frost of 2021. This severe frost had two consequences: few bunches being present on the vine, it had no stress or problem "feeding" these grapes. The other important point is that the frost created a long delay in the growth of vegetation. In 2021 the harvest started late on September 16 - If it hadn't been for this frost, the harvest would probably have started at the end of August. For all the wines, and in particular Briords, this translates into a slower maturity of the grapes allowing a greater conversation of acidities (lower acidity in the finished wine). In the end, the Briords 2021 is, in our eyes, a very nice vintage qualitatively but which we do not wish to have again because quantitatively it is very, very tiny!" Gwénaëlle and Rémi.  Indeed, the 2021 Briords shows aromas that are a bit riper than usual - very elegant pear, stone, almond and citrus. The palate shows a bit less weight than the 2020, but still has a beautiful core of minerals and firm acidity below subtle pear, apple, lemon, stone and earth flavors, with a bright, scintillating finish. Our advice is to drink the beautiful and more forward 2021, while waiting (another 5 to 10 years) for the 2020 to develop. David Lillie

  • white
  • 24 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic

Landron, Jo 2019 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

 The 2019 "les Houx" is a great Muscadet by Jo Landron coming from an organic/biodynamic 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. In the glass, this white is a clear lemon in color. Aromatically defined by bright mineral stoniness, softened by smells of flowers and herbs. A richer, more concentrated core of yellow stone fruit develops as the wine gets some air. On the palate, mild flavors of cured lemon and apricot are accented by a hit of salinity, all culminating in a simple, precise finish of anise and flint. Lovely acid and a tender mouthfeel drives the structure.  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...

  • white
  • 34 in stock
  • $20.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Bregeonnette (Stéphane Orieux) 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clos Coudray

Stéphane Orieux's father Joseph converted the estate to organic agriculture back in 1967, and Stéphane has continued the great vineyard work of this father. Clos de la Coudraye is a one hectare parcel in Vallet on granite subsoil with very old vines. The 2020 spent 18 months sur-lie before bottling. It's a lovely wine with ripe high-toned aromas of lemon confit, melon, dried herbs, white pepper and pear, a hint of smoke; the palate is dense and crystalline, a bit fresher than the 2018, with stone, saline, citrus, pear and anise flavors, with a lovely, creamy texture and meyer lemon and oyster shell in the finish, framed in firm acidity. A delicious classic Muscadet from granite soils, drink now or hold for 10 to 15 years. (A bottle of 2014 tasted recently  was superb!) Highly recommended!

  • white
  • 15 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur
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Pépière 2020 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Gras Moutons

(Arrives July 15) The 2020 Muscadet "Les Gras Moutons"  is a lovely wine and clearly illustrates the difference between the granite and gneiss terroirs in Muscadet. Gras Moutons is a great parcel on gneiss, in layers that permit a deep penetration by the vines, with sandy clay and amphibolite stones. The vines are at the top of a hill and on the south facing slope overlooking the Maine. (The name, by the way, does not refer to fat sheep, despite their presence on the label, but rather in local dialect, to the hilltop vineyard site.) This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet to drink over the next 5 to 8 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. The 2020 Gras Moutons is a bit brighter than the 2019 and 2019, showing a pale bronze color and beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with hints of anise, stone and almond; The palate shows a nice level of glycerol and is quite mineral with ripe pear and white peach,  supple and ripe but framed in firm acidity. The finish is long and dense with white fruits, citrus and an almost bitter mineral aspect, making this an outstanding food wine to enjoy for the rest of this decade.

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $23.99

  • Organic
  • Low Sulfur

Landron, Jo 2017 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le Fief du Breil

 Jo Landron's Fief du Breil is from a beautiful walled vineyard sloping towards the Sèvre, 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. In the dense and well-strctured 2017 vintage the wine was aged 30 months sur-lie. This beautiful Muscadet needs aeration or decanting, then shows aromas of grapefruit skin, pear, lime-flower, candied citrus and almond. The palate is perfectly balanced and intensely mineral - showing ripe white fruits, almond, anise and stone flavors with firm acidity and pronounced flavors of stone and saline mineral. This is a bit more forward than the granite and gabbro-based based wines - really superb as a young wine served with shellfish, grilled fish and white meats. As usual with great Muscadet it will age beautifully and pair with monkfish, lobster and aged goat cheeses. Very little was imported, don't miss it!  David Lillie

  • Out of Stock
  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $33.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur