Luneau-Papin "Terre De Pierre" Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur Lie 2012Regular price $51.00 Save Liquid error (product-template line 131): Computation results to '-Infinity'%
Pierre-Marie Luneau and Marie Luneau-Chartier head Domaine Luneau-Papin, one of the greatest producers in the Pays Nantes region of the Loire Valley. They currently farm about 40 hectares in the village of Le Landreau, an area that has grown Melon de Bourgogne for over 200 years, utilizing both organic and biodynamic practices. The domaine is unique for its focus on making soil specific special bottlings, some of which see extended aging before release.
Terre de Pierre is perhaps the most unique wine of their line up - coming from a plot of Melon planted in 1974 on an incredibly rare type of soil called Serpentinite (sounds fake right?) which comes up from the earth's core after millions of years worth of earthquakes. This is only vineyard site in the Loire that is planted on Serpentinite, and the resulting wine is outstanding. A richer, more complex expression of Muscadet that is allowed to undergo malolactic transformation, it is creamy, nutty and salty. At 9 years of age, the wine is holding up extremely well, which is no surprise knowing the domaine's commitment to quality. Lemon curd, marzipan and pear preserve meld seamlessly with the bright and refreshing acidity. This wine is still quite alive, and has a long life ahead of it, proving that Muscadet can age just as gracefully as Chablis.
Fun fact! Serpentinite has been proven to sequester carbon dioxide!
[Kirk Sutherland, November 2021]