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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine & Spirits
Region: Loire, France
Varietal: Other White Wine
Item no. 120331
Formerly known as Granite de Clisson, the 2009 Clisson is the third release of this very special cuvee. The granite in the soil surrounding the village of Clisson has a higher percentage of mica, silica and quartz than in Briords or other granite-based Muscadets; resulting in greater minerality and complexity of the wine.
Marc Ollivier grows this at a two-acre parcel of 60- to 90-year-old vines planted on the granite of the Massive Armoricain; he and several other growers on this terroir now create special bottlings under the Granite de Clisson label. This wine ages for 24 months on the lees, developing a brilliant depth of flavor that sets it apart from its siblings. The color is platinum, the scent a compelling mix of lime, orange blossom, fig and sage. There's a brothy richness, like an infusion of lobster shells, a ripe juiciness that's focused and firmed up along its silken texture. Destined to become a classic...