Domaine Luneau-Papin 'Le Verger' Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC 2020

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Domaine Luneau-Papin 'Le Verger' Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC 2020
Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation/Sub-Region Muscadet Sèvre et Maine AOC
Grapes Melon de Bourgogne
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Certified Organic, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

The Luneau family operates a rare kind of winegrowing operation in their part of northwest France. With their 38 hectares under vine, they vinify each parcel separately and produce only single-vineyard cuvées. Hence the name of this wine, ‘Le Verger’ (the orchard), is also the name of the vineyard parcel this wine is drawn from. And all of the Luneau-Papin parcels are farmed organically and harvested by hand. As is traditional in Muscadet, their wines age “sur lie” (on the lees), in glass-lined vats, for a minimum of six months following spontaneous fermentation. That time with the lees adds to the distinctive, salty shoreline character of well-cared-for Muscadet. While several of the growing seasons in the past decade have been made exceedingly difficult by early budbreak and late frosts, the 2020 harvest developed well and plentifully. The happy result comes to you in the form of preserved lemon aromas up front, leading to lemon curd on the palate. A little bit salty and very fresh, with subtle fruit in the background, this wine boasts a beautiful texture that would work magic with oysters but could also stand up to a piece of crispy-skin salmon. Certified organic, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.