Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la Pépière is one of France's truly great vignerons but he didn't start that way. Originally an engineer, Marc decided at a young age to move to the country and take over a family plot of vines in the Msucadet-Sèvre et Maine appellation. His first vintage was 1985 and having no experience as a winemaker, his goal was simply to finish a fermentation without ruining the wine. He started with techniques still employed by most of his peers meaning cultured yeasts and lots of SO2. Very safe winemaking. He soon started experimenting with ambient yeasts and minimal SO2 and was struck by the results; greater depth, richness and complexity. He started transitioning all of his vineyards over to organic farming on original rootstocks and continued his minimalist approach in the cellar. His brilliant, mineral and citrus tinged wines are now the benchmark for the region. The Cuvée Trois spends three years on its lees, hence the moniker, and the 2009 is a particularly ripe one from a sunny vintage. Aromas of white fruits, flowers and citrus and fresh fruit flavors. From old vines on acid enhancing granite soils, rare in Muscadet, this is a wine that can be drunk with pleasure now or laid down for 20+ years.