Pépière

Domaine de la Pépière

"Pioneered by the avuncular Marc Ollivier and now run with help from his former apprentice, Rémi Branger (from another Muscadet family), Pépière has been a source for organically farmed, single-vineyard and single-cru bottlings since before anyone knew what those were."     —Jon Bonné, PUNCH, March 2018

Marc Ollivier’s first commercial vintage of Pépière was 1985; his wines were also Denyse Louis and Joe Dressner’s first Loire imports. In the decades since, Pépière has become the standard-bearer for naturally grown Muscadet, a region where historically little consideration was given to chemical-free agriculture, individual terroir expression or the potential ageability of the wines. Pépière’s various sites are rich in granite and gneiss in differing stages of decomposition into sand, clay and rocks; the vines range in age from 20 to over 100 years old. Farming is organic; yields are kept low; harvest and all other work is by hand (all rare in the region). Fruit is harvested and pressed in whole clusters; long, slow fermentations take place with indigenous yeasts and minimal sulfur in the cold cellar. Each wine ages sur lie, mainly in underground tanks, with extended lees contact for the cru bottlings, and is bottled without fining or filtering. Their intensity, complexity and age-worthiness defy Muscadet stereotypes—and Ollivier has taken on partners Rémi Branger and Gwénaëlle Croix over the last decade to help ensure that the high Pépière standard is maintained well into the future.

Click here for the domaine's own website

Click here for an extensive interview with Marc Ollivier, as well as detailed estate visit notes, from Jules Dressner of importer Louis/Dressner

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB8905-17
Organic
La Pépie Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
2017
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. In 2016 for the first time, Pépière's classic, earliest-released Sur Lie bottling saw an addition to the label,... Read More
France Loire

DB0676-15
Organic
Clisson Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
2015
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. The heart of Marc Ollivier's estate is a 10-hectare plot near home in the Clisson cru; 8 hectares of it go into... Read More
France Loire

DB0331-17
Organic
Gras Moutons Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
2017
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. First bottled in 2007, the “Fat Sheep” is a lieu-dit made up of  2 parcels totalling 1.7 hectares in the... Read More
France Loire

DB2006-15
Organic
Monnières-Saint Fiacre Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
2015
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Pépière has vines in a couple of different zones of the cru of Monnières-St.-Fiacre (including the lieu-dit... Read More
France Loire

DB8353-15
Organic
Château Thébaud Clos des Morines Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
2015
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Clos des Morines is a lieu-dit in the cru of Château Thébaud. It came into Pépière world via... Read More
France Loire

DB8966-17
Organic
Clos des Briords Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
2017
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Clos des Briords is a lieu-dit in which Marc has long held 3 hectares of massale vines planted from 1930 to 1950.... Read More
France Loire

DB5800-14
Organic
Gorges Muscadet Sèvre et Maine
2014
Melon de Bourgogne
100% Melon de Bourgogne. 2014 is the first vintage of this cru wine for Pépière. The estate does not hold vines in Gorges but sourced fruit... Read More
France Loire

DB0546-17
Organic
La Pépiè Côt
2017
Côt
From younger vines, between 8-13 years of age; a vibrant, bright and fruity wine with excellent texture, freshness and balance.... Read More
France Loire