Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Les Gras Moutons
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Region: Muscadet, Loire Valley, France
Grape varieties: 100% Melon de Bourgogne
The “Fat Sheep” comes from the vines ranging in age from 20 to 60 years. The site’s gneiss-based soils, mixed with clay and amphibolite stones, distinguish this bottling from Pépière’s other more granite-based Muscadets; overlaying its core of citric acidity and stony minerality is a lovely viscosity which adds a sense of richness to the Gras Moutons. The wine spends 9 months on the lees before bottling, that long lees time being a hallmark of Marc’s wines that enhance their complexity.
Song: Sheep Go To Heaven, Goats Go To Hell by Cake
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Right at the edge of Brittany, Domaine de la Pépière is located in the village of Maisdon-sur-Sèvre. The name La Pépière has its root in the word ?pépie?, which means thirst. When you walk above the hamlet, on the slopes where vines are planted, it is easy to understand why the place got that name.
Winemaker Marc Ollivier hand harvests, uses natural yeasts, waits for the wine to finish and bottles with a very light filtration. The vineyards are in old vines (40 years and older) with a particularly good exposition on a plateau overlooking the river Sèvre. All the vineyards are from original stock: Ollivier is the only grower in the Muscadet who does not have a single clonal selection in his vineyards.
The Domaine believes that the quality of a wine depends entirely on the quality of the grapes it was made with. Rémi joined the estate in 2007, and actively worked on the organic conversion of the vines. Gwénaëlle, who came in 2013, has pushed things further with a shift towards bio-dynamic viticulture. It is the complexity of the terroirs of Sèvre et Maine that guides their choices. They are happy to share this diversity with you.