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The area around Nantes on the Loire, home of Luneau-Papin had sunk into a Sleeping Beauty slumber for a long time. It was not until the 1990s that the growing area, which is called Muscadet Sèvre et Maine a rise in quality. Only one grape variety is allowed in the appellation. A few farms recognized the potential of their soils and of this native grape variety, the bourgogne melon. According to the name, this is a grape variety originating from Burgundy. Only very few winegrowers still cultivate it in Burgundy today. Julien Altaber from our range would be an example.

Who knows the wines of Burgundy and understands that wine there is designed on the characteristics of individual sites and one tries to work out exactly the differences of the various plots in terms of soil, climate, sky orientation, can also understand what develops in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine just so differentiated.

More about Luneau-Papin

Pioneers in the region include Pierre Luneau and Monique Papin. The two have understood that the Melon de Bourgogne perfectly translates the terroir into our common language -. Wine - can transfer. First they worked organically and later also biodynamically. Pierre-Marie, the son of the two, is meanwhile running the business with his wife and represents the eighth generation. Both generations work almost 40 hectares, which are spread over 47 plots, hand in hand with their team.

Soils & Wines

The oldest vineyards were already planted in the 1940s. The high age of the vines, the diverse sites of different geology such as Granite, slate, quartz and gneiss as well as the intact ecosystem provide the basis for the variable terroir wines of Luneau-Papin. The Melon de Bourgogne is a clear grape variety with a strong character in its taste profile, without living from too much primary fruit. It stands for dry, mineral and crystal clear wines. It is often sur lie vinified. This means that the wine is in contact with the full lees in the tank for a particularly long time. This gives it structure and texture. The former forms the basis for a long maturity. The latter provides the mouthfeel, which turns out as a Melt and grip can be called. The Vera Cruz can map this perfectly sensory.

Maturity is a decisive factor. The wines open up young and are very accessible early on. However, they stretch this drinking window until the end. Only few white wines of the world can show such a maturity potential. The Exelsior from the old vintages is a great example of this.

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