Exclusive: 2019 Domaine De La Pépière 'Gorges' Cru Muscadet

Exclusive: 2019 Domaine De La Pépière 'Gorges' Cru Muscadet

Muscadet holds a special place in my heart. It was a single bottle from this wet, windswept, coastal appellation that broke the mold for me and the first wine that demonstrated the concept of terroir so clearly: I tasted, smelled and even felt the cold northern Atlantic with each sip. That bottle from Domaine de la Pépière was a revelation, and I've been drinking and following Muscadet closely ever since. 

For the last few years, the region's mineral driven, bone-dry, thirst quenching wines have had Burgundy lovers and Sancerre addicts alike scrambling for every bottle. This is especially true for today's wine, sourced exclusively from one of the premier vineyard sites in all of Muscadet: Gorges. The 2019 vintage (the last made under Pépière's founder Marc Olivier) is the current release, having undergone extended aging at the Domaine. It's salty, bright and citric, with serious depth and ripping minerality. Akin to sinking your teeth into the basalt rock soils that make this parcel so distinct.

Toady, I'm proud to offer the only bottles of 2019 Domaine de la Pépière 'Gorges' Muscadet in South Carolina.
‘Gorges’ comes from vines planted in the late ‘60s on basalt, a soil type unique to this Cru. The organically grown grapes are hand harvested (two rarities) and fermented spontaneously in large, glass lined tanks, buried underground. It spends three years on the lees before being bottled with a light filtration. 

This is a focused and firmly structured example of Muscadet, with a nose of classic citrus and sea spray contrasted with unique gunflint and menthol notes. The palate is a textural, sensory experience, with the creaminess of extended lees aging adding to the crisp Meyer lemon fruit and sleek minerality. This wine will unwind and expand with air, and can surely go the distance in the cellar. A severely underrated, world class white. 
The illustrious Marc Olivier has come to be synonymous with Domaine de la Pépière. He first started the domaine with only seven hectares and a dream. Today the estate is in very capable hands with residing proprietors Rémi Branger, a local that Marc has known since he was a kid, and Gwénaëlle Croix.

Farming at the domaine is entirely organic with biodynamic practices, and while 50% of the estate’s vineyards fall within the cru limits, they only represent an average of 15% of Pépière's annual production. In some vintages they will produce less or no cru wines at all if the quality is not there. Aging on the lees is always longer than the mandated 17 months, lasting a minimum of two years, but Marc, Rémi and Gwen have not been afraid to push it to 36 or even 48 months, such as with today’s wine.
2019 Domaine de la Pépière 'Gorges' Muscadet - $34.99
*Special Newsletter Price - $32.99

*Special 3-PACK Price - $95.97
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Justin Coleman
Monarch Wine Merchants



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