Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie, 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 neighbour. Marc’s first vintage was 1985 and 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.
Many of Marc’s vines are 40+ years old and some of his vineyards are planted on granite soils, a rarity in the region. 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. He also hand harvests (a rarity in the region) and uses only natural yeasts for fermentation. Extended lees
contact, often till April or May of the following year, adds added depth to the wines,
The Muscadet from Pepière is an excellent example. The wine is lemony, stony and bracing on the palate.
Excellent with shellfish dishes, especially oysters!
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