|Cuvee||Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie|
|Appelation||France | Loire Valley | Lower Loire | Muscadet | Muscadet-Sevre et Maine ||
|Grape(s)||Melon de Bourgogne|
Domaine la Pepière – Muscadet Marc Olivier created the domaine in 1984 in the village of Maisdon sur Sèvre. The word “pépie” means to be thirsty! Looking, above the village the name of the domaine, the name makes sense”: the bedrock sometimes shows and the soil is dry and full of tiny rocks and water is a very scarce ressource. Since 1984, Marc Ollivier expanded the domaine, targeting quality parcels of old vines on qualitative and unique terroirs. Marc has always been very respectfull of his land in his work, but Remi Branger who arrived in 2007 and Gwenaelle in 2013 established the practice of organic and biodynamic agriculture. Very early on, Marc introduced the practice of vinifying each parcel independently after isolating a barrel that stood out significantly in taste and came from the parcel of the “Clos des Briords”, old vines on granitic soils. The domaine was influential in the recognition of the “Cru” concept in the Muscadet region. Oenological products have always been rejected, as well as the addition of sugar to push up the alcohol percentage, very common in the region and with the Melon de Bourgogne varietal as it is higher in acidity than sugar. Some of their “cru” cuvées are aged on their lees for 2 to 4 years, dead yeasts transforming into glycérol and other aromas, showing all the potential of the Muscadet. A.O.C Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Clos des Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes” 2018 Vineyard: lieu-dit “Clos des Briords”, parcel of 3 hectares Grape variety: 60 year old vines of Melon de Bourgogne Terroir: deep granitic soils of the “Château-Thébaud, soil on the surface is gravels, sand and clay. Winemaking: hand harvested, pressed immediately with a pneumatic press. The juice is transferred by gravity to an underground vat and ferments on its own yeast at 19 degrees for a month. It is aged on its lees for a further seven months until bottling.
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