Luneau-Papin Muscadet Le L d'Or 2007
White Blends from Loire, France
Wine Style Guide
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
From 45 year old vines. Aged on the lees 9 to 11 months before bottling. Regular bâtonnage after fermentation for suspension of the lees. No racking before bottling.
"Scents of fresh lemon, pear, mint, jasmine, green tea, and lightly-toasted hickory nuts rise from the glass of Luneau-Papin 2007 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie L d’Or which then saturates the palate with succulence of sweet pear and melon unusual for Muscadet. Hints of fruit pip and toasted nut bitterness add interest on a startlingly luscious transparent palate through which shimmer saline, (metaphorically!) crystalline suggestion of things mineral, which it is hard not to ascribe to the eroded granite, serpentine, and mica-schist soils in which these old vines grow. The saline, citric finish tugs relentlessly at the salivary glands. This should be an utter delight to follow for at least the next half dozen years."
The Wine Advocate
"Pale silver. Complex, highly perfumed nose offers lime, pink grapefruit and minerals, plus a touch of white pepper. Racy, sharply focused and pure, offering tangy citrus and green apple flavors and a note of bitter orange pith. The finish is nervy, linear and very persistent. Serve this with unadorned shellfish or stash it away for another five years."
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Learn About Luneau-Papin
Pierre et Monique Luneau-Papin head this 30-hectare estate in Le Landreau, in the heart of Muscadet country, where small hamlets dot a landscape of vineyards on low hills. Their estate, also known as Domaine Pierre de la Grange, has been in existence since the early 18th century when it was already planted with Melon de Bourgogne, the Muscadet varietal. Pierre and Monique are the...
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It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...
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