Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cuvee Granit Domaine de la Pepiere 2008

Picked this up at K&L on the recommendation of one of their staff members. Imported by Louis/Dressner, which is as much a mark of quality as Kermit Lynch or Thierry Thiese. This wine rules. Seriously, go out and grab every bottle that you can. This wine is also a great example of why you should go to a kick-ass wine store (like K&L), ask a few questions, and get the staff to tell you what they think is good based on what you like. There's no way that I would have picked out this wine on my own probably. $14. Domaine de la Pepiere and (Marc Olivier) is much more well known for Muscadet. There's a great post about the Domaine here, that has far more info and insight than I could ever come up with. Doesn't Marc Olivier seems like a dude that you'd want to have lunch and hang out with or something? He looks like a slightly mad genius to me. 

Apparently, you aren't allowed to label red wines grown in Muscadet as Muscadet, hence the Vin de Pays designation. This wine is a blend of 50% Cab Franc, 20% Cot (or Malbec), 20% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Apparently, you can buy bottles of this wine at the Domaine for 4 Euro, or about $5, which is insane. The Cab Franc is apparent--lots of leafy violets, as well as sour, wild cherries. Lots of minerality too. Tons of acidity; this is an awesome food wine (but certainly holds its own by itself). If I have a complaint about this wine, it's maybe that the finish is a little bit short, but I sure wish that I had purchased about 12 more bottles of this. I enjoyed it a lot. A

7 comments:

jason said...

There you go costing me money again! Just bought a bottle of this one...

Jeff said...

Le me know what you think of it. I thought it was a super cool and interesting wine...

Joshiemac said...

Yep, me as well.

Jeff, are you sure you're not getting kick backs here???

Jeff said...

Yeah dude, it's all hucksterism on my part.

I wish I got some kickbacks. Truth be told, K&L really pissed me off last week, but of course, there aren't really any other places that have the selection and non-pompous vibe they have. They did try very hard to make me happy again, which I can't complement enough.

Joshiemac said...

Yeah, I've always been impressed with the customer service at K&L--I saw that tweet of yours last week and was surprised. They've always been uber-helpful with me on all fronts.

jason said...

Finally got around to drinking this and boy I'm a fan. Love the way this rings my bell with its purity. Well called and thanks for turning me onto it...

Jeff said...

Definitely thought this wine was killer. Glad that you liked it too.