Magnum Monday: 2009 Domaine de la Pépière “Clisson” Melon de Bourgogne

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Winemaker Marc Olivier hand harvests his Melon de Bourgogne grapes and uses native yeasts on a long fermentation to dryness. The wine remains on the lees (sur lie) until the time of bottling. The extended contact with the dead yeast cells adds depth to this incredibly crisp varietal wine. He uses very little filtration upon bottling.

 

 

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 Marc Oliver
Photo: Wine Terriors

His vineyards feature vines 40 years and older with good sunny exposure on a plateau overlooking the River Sevre. His vines are original stock, not clonal selections (he is the only grower in Muscadet to boast this). This bottling, formerly known as “Granite de Clisson”, now known as “Clisson” as of the 2009 vintage is the third release of his special cuvee. The granite in the soil surrounding Clisson is known to have a higher amount of mica, silica (sand), and quartz than other granite-based areas of Muscadet. This adds to the wines decided minerality and nuance.