Domaine De La Pepiere

Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière is an example of a winemaker who has grown with his vines. In the early 1980's Marc, who was an engineer at the time, decided to move to the country for a slower pace of life. His father owned some vineyards in the cool Atlantic-influenced zone of Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine, but was not a winemaker. Marc took over his father's vineyards and bought a parcel called Clos de Briords from an elderly neighbor. Marc's first vintage was 1985. Today, many of Marc's vines are 40+ years old, and some of his vineyards are planted on granite soils, a rarity in the region.

His primary goal as a winemaker at the time was to simply complete fermentation. As such, he began fermentation using cultured yeasts and finished the wine off with a dose of SO2. As Marc matured as a winemaker, he experimented with ambient yeasts and began bottling with minimal amounts of SO2. The results were extraordinary; the wines showed greater depth, richness and complexity. Encouraged by his success, Marc began transitioning all his vineyards to organic and continued his minimalist approach in the winery. His racy, lemon-tinged, mineral-driven Muscadets have since become the benchmark for the region and have opened up a world of previously unknown potential in the area. Marc's success is combination of good fortune (his vineyards were never touched by wine consultants encouraging new, higher yield clones) and an open-minded, experimental approach to making the best possible wines.

All the vineyards are from original stock: Ollivier is the only grower in the Muscadet who does not have a single clonal selection in his vineyards. The fruit is hand-harvested (a rarity in the region) and only natural yeasts are used for fermentation. Extended lees contact, often until April or May of the following year, adds added depth to the wines.

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Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet sur Lie 2017
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.  Like for all Pepière Muscadet wines, the fruit is direct-pressed and
Item Number: 30537
Case: $155.40

Domaine de la Pepiere Cuvee Granit VdP Rouge 2015
Domaine de la Pepiere focuses on a variety of muscadet bottlings but the ‘Cuvee Granit’ is a blend of predominantly Cabernet Franc with the addition of Cot (Malbec), Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a small 4-hectare vineyard dedicated to red varietals planted by Marc Ollivier near his

Domaine Pepiere Clos des Briords Muscadet 2016
100% Melon de Bourgogne. First produced in 1988, Pépière's cru Clos de Briords comes from a single 3-hectare plot of massale vines planted from 1930 to 1950 on a plateau above the Maine River. These oldest of Marc Ollivier's original estate vines are planted on very light, sandy, gravelly soils

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet sur lie 2016
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Marc Olliver releases every harvest's "sur lie" bottling in several stages. For the last of the 2015's, the label is slightly different, with the moniker of "La Pepie", to indicate the presence of fruit from other estate's in the wine. 2016 was such a low yielding Loire

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet sur Lie 2015
Wall Street Journal 20 Splendid Summer Wines - All Under $20 "Is there any bigger bargain in France than a good Muscadet, especially when it comes from a top producer like Domaine de la Pépière? Marked by notes of citrus and a distinct salinity, this is a wine to drink all summer long." ~ LT