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Muscadet 2005 - 2014 Featuring Luneau-Papin and Domaine de l'Ecu!

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Once again, we find ourselves somehow possessing vast quantities of sensational Muscadet, both from the excellent 2014 vintage and, thanks to our friends the Luneau-Papins, the best vintages going back to 2005. We are especially happy to have the Domaine de l'Ecu 2014 "Granite" and "Orthogneiss" in stock. Guy Bossard, now working with Fred Niger Van Herck, is one of the heros of French viticulture, having converted the family estate to organic farming in 1975, when almost all of Muscadet had converted to herbicides, machine harvesting and mediocrity. Guy's courageous vineyard work was followed by bottling his parcels separately by terroir, starting a movement (with Michel Bregeon, Pierre Luneau, Marc Ollivier and others) which is finally bringing distinction to the great  soils of the Pays Nantais.

Perhaps we are stating the obvious, but every wine in this email is fantastic and belongs on your table or in your cellar!

Luneau-Papin 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or"

A beautiful L d'Or that shows the remarkable combination of ripeness, balance and great acidity in the 2010 vintage. This wine was surprisingly open and aromatic when tasted in January 2012 but possessed of perfect acidity and loads of saline mineral flavors, reminding us of 2002.

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  • 23 in stock
  • $33.99

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Ecu (Bossard & Van Herck) 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Granite

The Domaine de l'Ecu "Granite" is always among the greatest of Muscadets and a testament to the heroic efforts of Guy Bossard - certified organic in 1975 and Biodynamic in 1998. Frequently a bit musty and closed in it's youth, the 2014 Granite shows surprisingly ripe aromas of dried pear, lime-flower, candied almond, citrus and stone. (On day two, the aromas have become more elegant, complex and quite beautiful) There is ample cool acidity on the palate framing the complex white fruits, stone, citrus and almond flavors that continue on the long very mineral finish. This is a great vintage for Granite - absolutely wonderful now and over the next fifteen years or more...

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Ecu (Guy Bossard) 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Orthogneiss

Orthogneiss - metamorphosed granite, high in iron and magnesium, in this case a vineyard with shallow topsoils of clay, gravel and sand on which grow 50 year-old vines, on a south-east facing slope, certified organic since 1975 and biodynamic since 1998. Hand harvested, pneumatic press, wild yeast fermentation, no pumping, 18 months elevage sur lie. 2014 is an excellent vintage for Orthogneiss. Aromas of citrus peel, pear, apple, almond, lime flower, stone and earth with a certain "musty" character. (it is Muscadet after all) The palate is dense with saline minerals, citrus and pear, really chrystalline and with terrific length. A beautiful Muscadet to drink now with shellfish, cod, flounder and mild cheeses. Best perhaps 2020 to 2030 with a more complex cuisine and aged cheeses.

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  • 0 in stock
  • $21.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Low Sulfur

Pépière 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Clos des Briords

Last of Stock! (From three hectares of old vines on granite of Chateau Thébaud with well-drained soils of clay, sand and gravel. Hand harvested, transported in small baskets, cellar functions by gravity, no pumping, wild-yeast fermentation, seven months aging on the lees.) A classic Clos des Briords from this excellent vintage in the Loire - a season that started poorly but was saved by good weather from mid-August through September. The aromas show more white fruits than usual in this ripe vintage with herbal, mineral, stone and lemon-peel, quite lovely. The palate is dense and creamy with apple/pear fruit, wet stone, saline minerals and citrusy acids. A bit rounder perhaps, than the 2010 and 2012 and wonderful now with oysters, sole, flounder and richer fish dishes as well. From the Domaine: "The Spring was very classic, not too cold, not too warm, and wet as usual. The flowering went well which permitted a nice quantity and quality of grapes. The month of July was sunny but August began like a poor autumn, cold and humid. Late in August we really didn't know what would happen as the risk of rot was very high. Then, after a last big storm around August 24th, dry, warm and sunny weather began which lasted until October. The grapes matured and were of excellent quality with both high sugar and high acidity! We picked the Briords parcel on Monday Sept 15th and Tuesday the 16th in the early part of the harvest. The fermentations went well, lasting approximately a month and a half. I would say that it's a vintage representing what we like in Briords: citrusy vivacity, scintillating material and salinity in the finish."
 

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  • 0 in stock
  • $24.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2014 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Pierres Blanches V.V.

From a small "clos" in La Chappelle Heulin with 55 to 60 year-old vines on a terroir of gneiss with quartz stones. We're happy to have the "Pierres Blanches" back again - it's a small production from Luneau-Papin that rarely makes its way to the US. The 2014 shows beautiful pear and apple aromas with citrus and herbal notes. The palate is silky and refreshing with lovely white fruits, stone and lemon flavors blending together - a bit rounder and softer than the granite based "L d'Or." This is quite delicious now or over the next five years, served with any mild-flavored fish or chicken dish, quiches, goat cheeses and much more.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $17.99

  • Organic

Louvetrie (Jo Landron) 2013 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Les Houx

From Jo Landron, one of the heroes of organic wine-making in the Loire Valley, the Domaine Louvetrie "Les Houx" (formerly labeled "Hermine D'Or") is from a great parcel of shallow sandy clay soils, rich with silica, quartz and iron, over a bedrock of gneiss and clay. It's a great terroir for Muscadet that always gives a dense, complex wine which benefits from medium-term aging. Harvested by hand and fermented with wild yeasts, the wine ages "sur-lie" for 12 months before bottling. A more austere and earthy wine than the riper 2012, the 2013 Les Houx shows aromas of stone and saline minerals with hints of citrus, almond and dried pear. The palate gains weight with aeration with the white fruits, citrus, anise and stone flavors backed by very firm acidity. A great success for this vintage, especially for those who appreciate a wine that is more mineral than fruit.  A great value!

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  • 0 in stock
  • $13.99

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

Luneau-Papin 2012 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Clos des Noelles

The Luneau-Papin "Clos des Noelles" is one of my favorite Muscadets, usually a bit rounder than the granite-soil "L D'Or" but always aromatically complex and with great intensity and length.   The vines were planted in 1936 on a terroir of "micaschistes a deux micas," the grapes are hand-harvested and undergo a slow wild yeast fermentation with 36 months of aging on the lees. The aromas are subtle and complex with dried pear, lemon-oil, dried mushroom, stone, anise, and white pepper. The palate is more round and supple than the L D'Or, dense and very mineral with bitter citrus, white fruits, stone, almond and floral notes. Really a brilliant young Muscadet  that should be decanted, and that will age beautifully.

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  • $26.99

Pépière 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Quatre

The 2010 Cuvée Quatre is two-thirds from very old vines on granite of Chateau Thébaud and one-third from vines on the less porous granite of Clisson and was bottled at 12.5% alcohol in November of 2014 after 48 months on the lees. Tasted in February of 2014 the wine showed superb aromas of yellow and white fruits with bitter stone flavors and fabulous length. Tasted on arrival in NY, the wine shows a more secondary mid-palate with earth, mushroom, almond and dried pear with classic aromas of dried herbs, citrus peel and stone. This will age beautifully and meanwhile drink happily with full-flavored oysters, halibut and swordfish. (A year later, November 2015, the wine has tightened up a bit and is showing even better, with a density and structure for long aging. This should be very interesting in 15 years...)

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  • 0 in stock
  • $22.99

  • Organic

Luneau-Papin 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

Another superb vintage for the Luneau-Papin "L" d'Or. It's a bit rounder and riper than the 2007 perhaps, but with more density of fruit and the acidity and structure to age beautifully. (Somewhat similar in style to the 2009 Pépière Chateau-Thébaud, which also combined the richness of the vintage with outstanding balance and acidity) This is drinking well now with complex aromas including citrus and exotic fruit with anise and herbs. The palate is silky and long with stone and white fruits, really delicious and with great structure for a 2009. A good candidate for aging, this seems like a somewhat denser and riper version of the 1995.This is Luneau-Papin's only cuvee on a granite subsoil (granit a deux micas) having a different character than the granite soils in Clisson or Chateau Thebaud. DL

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  • 0 in stock
  • $29.99

Luneau-Papin 2007 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Le "L" D'Or

2007 was a very good vintage for this great cuvée from old vines on a terroir of granite with mica-schiste in Vallet. A good choice for any mild-flavored fish or poultry dish, there are pretty citrus, thyme and floral aromas and complex mineral flavors on the palate. While lacking the depth and weight of 2002 and 2009, this is still a lovely wine and the finish opens nicely with a few hours of air, showing intriguing licorice and anise notes. While invigorating to drink now, with crisp acidity, this wine will develop slowly — don't be afraid to put a few in storage, it should be lovely in 15 years.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $31.99

Luneau-Papin Delete 2005 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Le "L" d'Or

Another great effort from the Luneau-Papin family, and not much stock remains of this excellent vintage. Tasted in November 2015. When opened the aromas are subtle with lime-flower, lemon oil, earth, mushroom and herbal notes. With aeration the aromas gain depth and the crystalline palate shows it's density with dried fruits, mushroom, stone, anise and citrus. Fresh pear, earth and minerals linger in the long finish. This is beginning to sing at ten years of age, drink now or until 2030. Decant or open one hour before serving.

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  • white
  • 0 in stock
  • $32.99