Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie "La Pépie"

2020
France
Loire

100% Melon de Bourgogne. In 2016 for the first time, Pépière's classic, earliest-released Sur Lie bottling saw an addition to the label, the "La Pépié" moniker, because of the necessity of adding non-estate fruit to this bottling (Pépière had 85% devastation of their own crop in 2016); 2017 was also very challenging, though slightly less extreme in terms of loss, so "La Pépié" appears again because so does a little purchased fruit. Otherwise, the wine came as always mainly from the central 10-hectare vineyard of the estate on sandy, granite-based soils. Farming is organic and harvest by hand, as for all of the estate vines.

As with the rest of the Pepière Muscadet wines, the fruit is direct-pressed and the juice settled naturally for 12 hours. It is then fermented in stainless steel tanks with natural yeasts; the wine is aged on its lees in large, underground vats until bottling without fining or filtering. Use of sulfur is moderate to very little. For this bottling, Pépière bottles and releases it in several stages, so the first tranche sees about 4 months on the lees before release, increasing to up to 6-8 months for the last tranche. It is the benchmark style of the estate: racy, crisp, acid- and mineral-driven, with a bare hint of richness from the sur lie factor, very much indicative of Pépière's granite-based terroir and clean, natural winemaking style.

90 points
"Domaine de la Pépière The 2020 Muscadet “la Pépie” from Domaine de la Pépière is the first vintage where Marc Ollivier is officially retired and has left the estate in the hands of the next generation of proprietors, Rémi Branger and Gwénaëlle Croix. Of course, this transition has been long in the making, as Rémi started working with Marc in 2006 and became a partner in 2011 and Gwen started here in 2011 and became a partner in 2014, so things have long been in place in anticipation for this day. The la Pépie bottling is made from all of the estate’s production that does not go into one of its cru bottlings, augmented by a bit of judiciously purchased fruit from neighbors who farm “seriously”. The 2020 version is a fine bottle, offering up a bright and wide open bouquet of breadfruit, wet stone minerality, a nice touch of ocean breeze salinity and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is bright, fullish and complex, with a good core, lovely mineral drive, sound acids and a long, gently leesy and nicely balanced finish. Good juice. 2021-2035. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, July 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB8905-20
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Melon de Bourgogne
Farming Type: 
Organic