While his Muscadet normale is outstanding this is a huge step up. I sat with my rep tasting wines and this one illicited an instant eyebrow raise and an order for some not long after. From vines planted in 1974. The fruit is given 18 months on lees to add the weight and texture you can see.
Still delicate and subtle it has a waft of white flowers, citrus and dough. The palate is mineral, clean and precise with fresh acid. There is some lovely fat on the mid palate and the flavours linger in every crevice of your palate. I’d still drink this wine young and fresh but if you forgot about a bottle it’d prove an interesting prospect. This is a wine that screams for oysters.
Pierre Luneau-Papin hails from a long line of vignerons. The Luneau family is well established in the region; their presence here may be traced as far back as the late 17th Century and Pierre Luneau is the thirteenth generation of his family to bear the name Pierre. Small batches are vinified separately to craft distinctly and impressive cuvees from Muscadet. With 38 hectares planted this is one of the definitive estates of the region.
A white wine from the Loire made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape. It is in the far west of the Loire and spreads over a wide area taking in multiple terroirs. The lean, clean wine is celebrated as the ultimate match for oysters.
Melon de Bourgogne
A child of Pinot Blanc and Gouais Blanc, both grapes noted for simple flavours, it is not surprising this producers dry white wines of simple characters. It’s fate and fame lie wholly within the Loire Valley’s Muscadet region.