It’s sadly a tradition at this point … another year, another imminent wave of customer heartbreak for not getting enough bottles of Domaine de la Pépière’s sublime Clos des Briords. This year may be the worst yet. Why? 2018 was sensational for the Loire­: opulent ripe fruit boosted by electric acidity and substantial concentration are the headliners here. Marc Olivier, the gifted winemaker responsible for Domaine de la Pépière, always seems to find the electric socket no matter how warm the vintage is–his work in 2018, undeniably a vintage of the sun, is nothing short of stunning. Everyone will want this wine.

Do yourself a favor. Order as many cases of 2018 Clos des Briords as possible, as soon as possible, to avoid heartbreak. Because there will be way more people who want this wine than can actually get it. Don’t be a victim of heartbreak … especially not for this sensational vintage!

2018 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie Clos des Briords


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Always electric and fresh, Marc Olivier’s evocative blend of stony orchard fruits captivates nerds and normal people alike, transporting all through a command of detail unseen in the sub $20 price range. For many–including us–it’s wine Gatorade. For others, it’s a meticulous trip to Sèvre-et-Main.

Needless to say but Clos des Briords is undoubtedly one of France’s ultimate bargains. This is what happens when you have someone like Mr. Olivier in charge, an earnest organic winemaker obsessed with definition, transparency, and a sense of terroir (three hectares of massale vines planted from 1930 to 1950 on granite de Thébaud). And when I write “sense of terroir,” I mean it. It is utterly impossible to ignore the airy reeking of schist being licked by the Atlantic sea. You can practically hear it.

Don’t miss this once a year opportunity to experience this legendary wine.