2014 Domaine de la Pepiere Marc Ollivier Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Chateau Thebaud Clos des Morines Magnum$49.99
Chateau Thebaud is a new cru that has been recognized by the INAO as recently as 2011. This vineyard is situated upon granite soils and has much more extensive regulations than the typical Sur Lie bottlings that were once before the highest quality designation available. The Muscadet or Melon de Bourgogne, as it is locally called, is hand-harvested and very gently pressed. The juice is then gravity fed into an underground tank where it spends a month fermenting. The wine spends a total of 30 months aging on the lies, nearly twice the amount that was required before and sees a gentle batonnage to improve aromatics and richness. This is one of the top cuvee's for the Domaine and a very rare one at that, especially in magnum. The Chateau Thebaud is very age-worthy, and much like Champagne, the magnum format will improve that aging process and longevity of this wine.
Vinous 91 to 92 pts! (Pepière Muscadet Sèvre Et Maine Château-thébaud Clos Des Morines White) Pungent, zesty notes of lemon and tangerine peel along with a strong whiff of sea breeze and kelp anticipate the exhilarating brightness and insistent saliva-inducement on a firm but generously juicy palate. This finishes with rapier length and consummate refreshment if, remarkably, slightly less intrigue than the corresponding 2015. Last tasted in late July 2016, two or three months before its intended bottling, this will be near the top of my list of 2014s to revisit from bottle. (Drink between 2018-2028)