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Wine Time with Bill Carlson August 2016 - 2015 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet
Wine of the Month
2015 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet
One of my favorite summertime wines is a light bodied, mineral driven white wine called Muscadet. Muscadet should not be confused with the sweet wines Moscatel or Moscato as Muscadet is bone dry with subtle complexities.
Muscadet (moose-kah-Day) is a refreshing white wine from the stony and sandy soils of the Loire Valley in Central France. Muscadet is made from the grape Melon de Bourgogne and typically has a high acid profile with a bit of salinity and a slight bite of lemon. No wonder it pairs so well with shellfish, particularly oysters, as they share many of the same characteristics. As a wise man once said, “What grows together goes together”.
The 2015 Domaine de la Pépière consistently makes one of the best entry level Muscadets and sells for a song at $11.99. Pépière (pep-ee-ay) is a relatively new estate created in 1984. On its front label it states in bold letters the winemaking term;”Sur Lie”. Sur Lie is an aging process where the spent yeast cells decompose and stirred add subtle complexities from the chemical breakdown. It’s kind of scientific and geeky but all I know is that it gives Muscadet unique flavors not found in any other wine.
Lots to like about Muscadet. It’s thirst quenching, a tremendous bargain, complex AND goes with oysters. Perfect for Pensacolians!