2012 Pepiere Muscadet Chateau-Thebaud Clos Des Morines

- 1.5L
95
JG
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Product ID
79086-1.5-AI

Wine Critic Reviews:

(Muscadet Sèvre et Maine “Château Thébaud” Clos des Morines- Dom. de la Pépière) The 2012 “Château Thébaud” Clos des Morines from Domaine de la Pépière was aged fully three and a half years on its fine lees prior to bottling. This is produced from sixty-five year-old vines in the Clos des Morines lieu à dit, and was new to the Pépière stable when Marc Ollivier started working with Rémi Branger, as it had been farmed by the Branger family for many years. The 2012 Clos des Morines is a stunning bottle of young Muscadet, offering up a deep and minerally bouquet of bread fruit, smoke, dried flowers, granitic minerality and a briny topnote. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied, focused and elegant in proportion, with a rock solid core, excellent acids and grip, stunning mineral drive and a very long, complex and vibrant finish. A great bottle of Muscadet. (Drink between 2018-2045)

John Gilman | 95 JG
An unusually, flatteringly ripe nose of pear, quince and bittersweet floral perfume also anticipates with whiffs of sea breeze the mouthwateringly savory oyster liquor that emerges on a satiny yet vivaciously juicy palate. The finish here combines grip with consummate refreshment and myriad mineral nuances with lusciously ripe fruit. The vines bore few and tiny bunches by the time the 2012 harvest came around, but what remarkable flavors they harbored! (Mea culpa: I ought to have insisted that Branger open a bottle of the 2012 Clisson alongside.)

Vinous Media | 94 VM
This has mature hints of wax and straw, but still plenty of zing, with chamomile, fleur de sel, lemon pith and oyster shell notes blitzing through. Offers a vibrant and mouthwatering finish. Drink now. 380 cases imported.

Wine Spectator | 91 WS
Marc Ollivier and Remi Branger grow this wine in the granite soils of Château-Thébaud, a recognized cru communaux. After a long, slow, spontaneous fermentation in underground vats, this ages with lees stirring for 30 months. That lees aging imbued the wine with an almost sweaty saltiness, and a muscular structure that would parallel the salty tang of a scallop, or the muscle of a clam. It tastes like the Atlantic, and would be great with roasted seafood.Louis/Dressner Selections, NY

Wine & Spirits | 90 W&S

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Availability In Stock
Vintage 2012
Format 1.5L
Color White
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Pepiere: The region of Loire is something of an underdog when it comes to France's finest wines. However, estates like Domaine de la Pepière prove that the region cannot be underestimated or overlooked, with visionaries like Mark Olivier in charge of producing some of the world's most delicious wines, following strict and traditionalist principles. These wines are intense, elegant, and memorable, with deeply compelling textures and a finish that creates an almost addicting urge to continue drinking. A heavy presence of minerals and acidity makes the wines extremely refreshing, especially if consumed during warm summer evenings - a hit at parties, to be sure. Wines like these are a joy to decipher, as your mind becomes attuned to the subtleties and expressions of terroir within the bottle.
Rating 95 JG
Region Loire: Loire Valley has it all. Whether you prefer some of the most famous grape varieties worldwide, or you like to be surprised with secretly brilliant wines, Loire Valley will make you return any time you have a chance. It's unquestionably one of the most diverse, and sometimes unjustly neglected, wine regions in France. Located on the banks of the Loire river, these vineyards are home to some of the most exquisite French wines. And not only does Loire Valley provide us with top-rated wines each year, but it also deserves applause for the number of bottles it produces. The most prominent grape varieties of Loire are Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, and Melon de Bourgogne. They are undoubtedly the crown jewels of this region, although reds, such as Cabernet Franc, Bourgueil, or Pinot Noir don't fall much behind. With such exceptional grape varieties, it's impossible to think the Loire wouldn't treat us all with absolutely magnificent wines. It offers a wide palette of crisp and refreshing whites, as well as dry, elegant reds. To feel the magic and the impeccable quality of Loire wines, we recommend Domaine Didier Dagueneau, Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin, or Domaine Huet of Le Haut Lieu.
Type of Wine Loire (Other): In this underrated French wine region, you will certainly have a chance to taste popular Cabernet Franc blends, known for their emphasized fruity flavors. Other widely cultivated varieties are Gamay, Malbec and Pinot Noir. Some of the most exquisite white wines from Loire contain creamy and refreshing Chardonnay grapes, as well as Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne, and Sauvignon Blanc.
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Varietal Muscadet: Muscadet can be easily characterized as a light-bodied yet dry white wine from the Loire Valley region of France. With an incredible aging potential, this wine can be beautifully paired with seafood due to its high acidity and citrus-like astonishing taste, carrying over a tang of spritz that will leave your tongue sizzling and wanting more.
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