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2009 Domaine de la Pepiere - Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Les Gras Moutons Cuvee Eden (1.5L)

Wine Advocate 92
Varietal Melon de Bourgogne
Category Whites
Region France, Loire Valley
Producer Domaine de la Pepiere

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2009 Domaine de la Pepiere - Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Les Gras Moutons Cuvee Eden (1.5L)



Wine Advocate   The Pepiere 2009 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Gras Mouton is an exceptionally vigorous and mineral-dominated but also spare wine for its vintage. It even smells predominantly - if discreetly and ineffably - of things mineral. (There's also a faint though not unpleasant smokiness imparted by the branding on the bottom of the cork, a phenomenon I occasionally experience, but more noticeable in a wine of such stark clarity as this.) But once it reaches your palate, hang on! Saliva-inducingly, strongly saline, with ashen as well as seemingly crystalline mineral diversity, this lays down nearly indelible traces, all the while almost electrically enlivened by insistent fresh apple and lemon with a hint of its oily, bitter rind. I suspect it will perform formidably over the next 4-5 years. And incidentally, among the current crop of Ollivier releases, this held up best of all from the open bottle - for more than a week until I just couldn't stand tasting it any longer and drained the remainder.

Mark Ollivier Pepiere is one of the most consistently outstanding sources of Muscadet and as such a purveyor of some of the wine world-s most outstanding values, not to mention a grower constantly striving to reach new levels of excellence, as the wines at hand irrefutably demonstrate. This vigneron is on a roll! Incidentally, after obtaining in time for the 2008 vintage a small parcel in the Gras Moutons vineyard - a gneiss contrast with his own granitic base - Ollivier relinquished the contract for the parcel that had informed his Cuvee Eden. David Schildknecht

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