TN: 2005 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords

  • 2005 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie Vieilles Vignes Clos des Briords - France, Loire Valley, Pays Nantais, Muscadet de Sèvre-et-Maine sur lie (2/12/2022)
    Why did I keep several bottles this long? Pure experimentation. This was a good wine, but would have been better a couple of years ago. Still a lot of seashell, but the citrus fruit elements have dropped out, so it’s mineral water with a rich finish. Interesting but not something I want more than a glass of at a sitting.

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I’ve come to the conclusion that Briords is the Muscadet to drink young, Luneau-Papin Le L d’Or is the one to age.


I could see that. I am partial to the Pépière Clisson with bottle age.

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I’ve had it a couple of times in the past year. My take:

In it’s youth this wine was the poster child for the descriptor “liquid rocks.” As it has gotten older it has maintained the intense minerality. The excellent acidity has less of a knife’s edge as the wine has gotten rounder with age. It remains one of my favorite Briords vintages. It’s not just for oysters anymore, in this case sautéed salmon fillet.

At this point I am sure some bottles are better than others. I have a few more, so will test that theory.

I experimented on aging some of these a while ago. They carry along just fine and do not seem to fade for a long while. The way they change just isn’t to my liking. I found that the minerality faded into the background while the fruit took on a richer, broader character. Much like many whites do.

If I’m aging a wine I’m expecting it to be better in the future. In the case of the Briords, the way it drinks within a few years of its vintage is the best version for me.


Totally agree, which is why I have not done it since.

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I have a couple of 04s left from my case, last one as others have described the 05. but since I live the liquid rocks , maybe just skip them and go to my 2017s.

2002, 2007 and 2008 have all been really young…but also really high acid years.

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I was a big fan of 2004 early on but in my experience they’ve not held up well, with multiple bottles in the past 7-8 years disappointing.

I think 2017 is a somewhat rounder vintage, but certainly good.
5/18/2020: My first of these, and a survivor. Forgot about it in the freezer 2-3 days ago and it totally froze. Haven’t found the cork yet. But just what it should be. Light straw. Lots of brightness, mineral, honeydew with a bit of lemon.
Seems like a ripe vintage.

I had this from mag last summer and it was still very good, while a 750 a few months later was flat and dull.

Any insight on the aging progression for the Gorges version or recommendations on when it is most likely to drink well? I have one bottle of the 2015, and I have very little experience with Muscadet.

In 2019, I brought a bottle of the 05 Briords to a tasting in NY. It was already tiring out. Although I think the Briords goes nicely for maybe 10 years, and the Clisson maybe for a little longer, but they are not real agers. I also agree with Lee Short that Luneau Papin, particularly the L d’Or, is much better for aging.