I've said it before and I'll say it again: the top-tier estates of Muscadet offer the greatest value white wines in France (and perhaps even the world). These are terroir specific wines made with methods passed down from generations; bottles that have the capacity to age as gracefully as their exalted Burgundian cousins, developing into aromatically complex and texturally layered wines. A 1986 vintage I tasted in 2010 was one of the most revelatory moments in my career. Simply put, these are wines that deserve infinitely more recognition.
That lack of recognition, coupled with a bit of sourcing from yours truly, has resulted in a spectacular find: today's DUO from the 2010 vintage of what is considered Muscadet's leading estate, Domaine Luneau-Papin. These bottles, from two varying climats, have been resting gracefully in the domain's subterranean cellars until their release mere months ago, allowing you to experience flawlessly aged wine without breaking the bank.
Today I am proud to offer the ONLY bottles of 2010 Luneau-Papin 'L d'Or' AND 'Terre de Pierre' in South Carolina!
2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 'L d'Or' - $54.99 Special Newsletter Price - $49.99
2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine 'Terre de Pierre' - $54.99 Special Newsletter Price - $49.99
**Special 2-Pack Price - $94.99
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No Muscadet estate is rendering consistently finer or more intriguing wines than Luneau‐Papin, and given the prices asked there is no excuse for any lover of wine not making their acquaintance.” — The Wine Advocate
One of the leading domaines of Muscadet, Pierre Luneau-Papin comes from a long line of winemakers. His family can be traced as far back as the late 17th Century. Pierre and his wife, Monique, are the seventh generation to run Domaine Luneau-Papin.
At this impeccable winery, Pierre makes every cuvée in tiny batches, each one according to the minuscule differences in terroir found throughout his vineyards. Harvest is done by hand, which is a rarity in this region.
The family estate now consists of approximately 40ha, with 38ha planted to Melon de Bourgogne, located about 20 kilometers from the city of Nantes. This is a landscape characterized by gently rolling vineyards and a remarkable variation of terroirs. This is classic Muscadet.
2010 'L d'Or' $49.99
From 45 year-old vines planted on Muscadet's famous granitic soils. As with all L-P wines, it is spontaneously fermented with wild yeasts. The 'L d'Or is aged for 12 months in buried, glass lined tanks where the lees are stirred and kept in suspension, creating incredible texture.
A rare and beautiful wine. Opens with clearly etched aromas of preserved lemon, pear, green apple, tea leaves and earth, letting you know you're drinking something that has begun to evolve. The palate is dense and crystalline with saline acidity underlying flavors of flint, lemon zest, melon and almond. A breathtaking Muscadet to drink now.
2010 'Terre de Pierre' $49.99
Vines planted in 1974 on one of the highest and most exposed sites in Muscadet. The soil here is Serpentinite, a rare volcanic rock that made it to the surface after millions of years and is now only found here and in Washington State. The wine spends 17 months on the lees in glass lined, underground tanks before being bottled.
An ethereal nose dominated by crushed stones, oyster shell and white pepper followed by citrus, fresh green herbs and white orchard fruits. The palate is concentrated with incredible mineral texture, showing hints of fennel and mint. A true Vin de Garde, at its peak.