The Clos des Briords Muscadet Sevre et Maine Vielles Vignes 2010 $13 ****+ is an exceptional wine, clearly the best Muscadet of the summer. In terms of value, how can you possibly beat this wine? Pale greenish yellow in color, the nose of the Clos des Briords is tighter and more closed than the Pépière, but with some air there is tart lemon, sour apple candy, peach, chalk, and very subtle petrol notes. The Briords is very well structured, tight, and contained, with superb balance. The flavors of lemon, green apple, seashore, and chalk are intense and tightly wound, leading to a very long focused finish of peach, sour apples and chalk. This is superbly made and the value of the year. Tasted July 2011.
Re-tasted August 2011 - The first time I tasted this wine, I was struck by its depth, structure and complexity. This time around, it seemed so, so pretty. What a beautiful wine! The nose is full of dense white peach, cotton candy, smoky minerals, sweet floral notes, anise and hints of apricot. The dense, somewhat viscous flavors have lovely balance between the salty minerality and the white peach fruit with hints of orange and apricot. The finish is long with lovely flavors of sulphured peaches. The combination of sweetness, toughness, and minerality, along with fabulous balance, make this a compelling wine. Why would you age this wine? It is too lovely now -- ****+.