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Domaine de la Pépière

Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet 'Les Gras Moutons' 2021


no added sulfur

Country: France

Region: Loire

Type: White Wine

Grape: Melon de Bourgogne

Domaine de la Pépière is one of the top estates in the Muscadet, run by Mark Olivier. Olivier harvests by hand and makes wine naturally, with zero pesticides, extended lees aging, and minimal intervention in the winemaking process, which is rare in Muscadet. 

Gras Moutons is a parcel on gneiss (a type of soil formed from either volcanic, granite, or schist soil that looks similar to granite), 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. This terroir produces lovely, classic Muscadet with a more herbal and floral bouquet than the granite-based wines. The palate is softer and more open, while still refreshing and bright.

Beautiful aromas of ripe pear and quince with hints of anise, stone and almond; The palate is mineral-driven, 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 character.