Pierre Luneau-Papin, 2020 Update

Having made efforts to follow the wines of the Loire Valley for at least two decades it is interesting to reflect how my impression of some of the leading domaines have evolved during this time. I recall when I decided I should head out to the Salon des Vins de Loire for the first time, back in 2009 (prior to that point I had focused solely on making visits to vineyards and domaines, which I still do of course), there was a trio of Muscadet vignerons on my hit list, which of course included Pierre Luneau-Papin.

Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin

In the decade-and-a bit that has passed since that time the domaine has undergone some significant changes. Most significant has been the passing or responsibility from Pierre to his son and daughter-in-law, Pierre-Marie and Marie Luneau. Unlike one or two other domaines in the region which I feel have lost their way in recent times, foregoing the production of once-great Muscadet Sèvre et Maine for curious cuvées with wacky labels and wax capsules, the handing over of the domaine to a new pair of hands chez Luneau has had a hugely positive impact. There is a sense of dynamic development here led by Pierre-Marie and Marie.

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