Complex and Outstanding Muscadet Sèvre & Maine Goulaine
Grapes are pressed in a pneumatic press, strength and length being adapted to each vintage. Spontaneous fermentation using only natural yeasts. Fermentation and maturation on lees 21 months in underground concrete tank and glass lined vats without racking until bottling during summer time 2023.
- Fermentation and maturation on lees for 21 months.
"Another unusual Muscadet in that it’s gone through malo. RS 0.5 g/l. Ripe oranges on the nose and then knee-bucklingly beautiful on the palate. So complex! Ripe papaya, liquorice-scented tangerines, quinces poached with star anise, fennel bulb, caraway seeds, roasted nigella. I could go on. The kaleidoscopic matrix of this wine is astounding. Thrilling density. Reverberating with energy and tension and tiny humming, strumming, fizzing pixels of fl avour that seem to be soaring of the roof of my mouth with their own otherworldly orchestra. This is outstanding."
-JANCIS ROBINSON by Tamlyn Currin, Mars 2023
Food Pairing: Crispy pike loaf, lobster and small vegetables, lobster shell jus. Casserole of Bresse chicken and blue lobster.
Cellaring: Drink now but can be kept up to 2025.
STORY BEHIND THIS WINE
Since 2009, they have followed a traditional approach to prepare the soil for spring, employing methods like earthing down and hoeing across their entire estate. Their commitment to eco-friendly practices is evident as they nurture the vines without the use of chemical products. At the end of summer, they sow cover crops, including pulses and cereals, with a keen focus on the specific requirements of each crop.
To enhance soil vitality, they employ one or two applications of horn dung (preparation 500) in the spring and, if necessary, administer horn silica (preparation 501) after the bloom and before the harvest. Their vine pruning, using the single guyot method, is conducted during the winter, maintaining a vine density of 6,500 plants per hectare. Additionally, their dedicated grape harvesters meticulously perform sorting in the vineyard
Domaine Luneau Papin, stemming from the 17th century now in its 9th generation incarnation is a certified organic and bio-dynamic producer, factors that are indicators of excellence but no guarantee. In the case of this Domaine, we can confirm that their Muscadets comfortably occupy the space of ‘Best in Class’, in our view their Muscadets are as good as they get. Pierre Luneau-Papin and his wife Marie now carry the baton for the family as they carefully etch out the Melon de Bourgogne grapes from their historic, site-specific vineyards and craft their highly acclaimed wines.