2017 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine «Clisson»
Region: France, Loire Valley - Pays-Nantais
Farming: Certified Organic
Grape Variety: Melon de Bourgogne
Dry, medium-bodied white; minerals on crack | Fried whitebait, salt and pepper
The dialect word ‘Pépière’ (which means thirst, e.g. ‘avoir la pépiè’) had long been associated with his family land due to the presence of a well. Marc has worked incredibly hard and traded shrewdly to convert his initial holdings into some of the best vineyards around Clisson, which he has further improved with organic farming.
Clisson, after years of wrangling, was finally awarded Cru Communal status (alongside Gorges and Le Pallet), and this is a more than worthy wine to bear the name. It’s still young and full of fruit (the 2009 vintage was remarkable), but there is no mistaking its latent minerality and potential. We would hold it, or drink with full-flavoured food.
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