• Loire Valley Mastery for a Song: Pépière Muscadet

    Loire Valley Mastery for a Song: Pépière Muscadet

    The intersection of greatness and value in France takes you directly to the western edge of the Loire River Valley and to the peerless Muscadets of Domaine de la Pépière. Here, the Melon de Bourgogne grape is reflected at its most complex. Under ideal stewardship Muscadet is capable of reaching thrilling heights. For me, Pépière captures the most mesmerizing elements of this often overlooked region. The wines offer immediate satisfaction, age gracefully, and rival the sophistication expected from top tier Sancerre and Chablis.

    Marc Olivier and Rémi Branger work magic at Domaine de la Pépière, showcasing the distinct terroir of each of these specific plots. The long, undisturbed aging in glass-lined tanks gives these a pure, lively, and energetic personality. The common practice of stirring the lees (bâtonnage) adds weight and texture while also amplifying that brioche quality that really matches brilliantly with the natural citrus notes of the Melon variety.

    While oysters and Muscadet is the quintessential pairing from Paris to Seattle, the dynamic personality of these wines make them ideal matches for a wide range at the dinner table. Their upfront immediate joy cannot be overstated, but the journey they take though decades in bottle is something everyone should have an opportunity to experience. These are the most versatile and regal white wines under $30 that you will find anywhere in the world.

    2015 La Pepie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
    The flagship bottling of the estate.
    $18 per bottle.

    2015 Pepière Muscadet Clos des Briords Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

    From a parcel of 60-year old vines planted on granite, with mix of sand and clay.
    $22 per bottle.

    2014 Pepière Muscadet Clos des Briords 1.5L
    From a parcel of 60-year old vines planted on granite, with mix of sand and clay.

    $68 per bottle.

    2013 Pepière Muscadet Clisson
    From a parcel of 50-110-year-old-vines on granite, with mix of gravel.
    $27 per bottle.

    2014 Pepière Muscadet Clisson
    From a parcel of 50-110-year-old-vines on granite, with mix of gravel.

    $29 per bottle.

    2014 Pepière Muscadet Clisson 1.5L
    From a parcel of 50-110-year-old-vines on granite, with mix of gravel.

    $63 per bottle.

    2014 Pepière Muscadet Clisson 3L
    From a parcel of 50-110-year-old-vines on granite, with mix of gravel.

    $168 per bottle.

    2010 Pepière Muscadet Quatre 3L
    Aged 4 years on its lees.
    $174 per bottle.

    Posted by Max Kogod