Domaine de la Pépiere 'Château-Thébaud' Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine, France 2017
One of the undisputed great domaines within Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, is Domaine de la Pépiere. The name is synonymous with quality & terroir. The cru of Château Thébaud came under Domaine de la Pépiere’s supervision via Marc Ollivier's partner Rémi Branger (today Rémi runs the domaine), whose father farmed two parcels of it for decades. There are 14 hectares of vines--up to 65 years old--on a south-facing, earlier-ripening slope. It is typically the most austere, intensely salty and mineral laden wine of the line-up seeing up to 3.5 years of aging before release. If you are missing the lean and austere pre global warming Chablis, then this is your wine.
Pairing: Oysters, crudo, shellfish
Grape: Melon de Bourgogne
Soil: Feldspar and clay--it is cool, slower ripening, holds and drains water well, supplies more nutrients and is looser (so roots can go deep to the hard granite mother rock)