Domaine de la Pépière, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie ‘Les Gras Moutons’ 2011

Louis Dressner Selections, New York NY.

Hand-picked whole cluster fruit from genetically diverse, uncloned 40-80 year old vines grown on gneiss soils. Delicate gravity pressing followed by native yeast fermentations in underground ceramic vats shaped to permit optimal contact with the lees.

Ten years on.

Straw. The nose is a powder of sel gris with dried fruit intensity. The palate shows mineral poise and crackling citrus flavors poised on a knife’s edge. The finish is a cromlech of smoke and ash. Now.

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