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Staff Pick

Muscadet "Terre de Pierre", Luneau-Papin - 2018

Item # 38504 750mL
$24.96/ Single Bottle
$299.52 $269.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

A fine, mineral-driven Muscadet with vibrant citrus flavors and lush mouthfeel. Longer aging on the lees in glass lined tanks gives this wine great texture and body. The wine comes from a high elevation vineyard and the soil contains serpentine rock (featured on the label), a rare fine so close to the surface.


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Staff Pick Notes

Used to be that a Muscadet was Muscadet and they were pretty similar no matter the producer or vintage. Things done changed. The Muscadet "Terre de Pierre" from Luneau-Papin is a great example. Extended lees aging in glass containers create a lush structure that I was not expecting. Tasting on the second day after opening that lushness was joined by a bit more of the acidity that I have come to love in a Muscadet. All that makes suggest to either hold this wine for a few years or give it a good decant.

- JGM

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Melon de Bourgogne

Muscadet

The coolest (temperature-wise) of the Loire Valley appellations, this region is most famous for its bracingly dry, seafood-friendly whites. Made from the Melon de Bourgogne grape (virtually unheard of in the rest of the world), these refreshing wines are idyllic partners for oysters or mussels.

Loire

There’s a lot to remember when it comes to the Loire. Novices, take note: Cabernet Franc is a great alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscadet is unparalleled as a companion to shellfish, and Cour Cheverny is the best white wine appellation you’ve never heard of. As diverse as Loire wines are, one day soon you'll know your Melon de Bourgogne from your Romorantin.