Best of the Best 2016: Leisure | International White Wines: Domaine de la Pépière 2012 Clisson Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Loire Valley
The appellation of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine lies where the Loire River empties into the Atlantic Ocean; its Muscadet grapes (known locally as Melon de Bourgogne) produce one of the most food-friendly whites of France. Domaine de la Pépière leads the way in terms of quality, particularly with this example from the village of Clisson. Reminiscent of topflight Chablis, the wine delivers a shocking level of quality for the price and can be cellared and enjoyed for years on end.
- Aromas of yellow apple, preserved lemon, oyster shell, and nori make this an ideal oyster pairing.
- The general tendency is to enjoy Muscadet upon release, but top examples like this will age beautifully for at least 10 years.
Domaine de la Pépière, domainedelapepiere.com ($24)