Muscadet "Clos des Allées," Luneau-Papin
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Muscadet "Clos des Allées," Luneau-Papin - 2020

Item # 11988 750mL

From vines planted in 1974 in soils of mica and schist. The wine is named after the single parcel of vines, Clos des Allées and is fact exclusively in the Luneau-Papin family making it their monopole. Luneau-Papin are also still amongst the only producers making single vineyard expressions of Muscadet.

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Wine made from grapes grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides in the vineyard.

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Staff Pick Notes

In Muscadet, like in Burgundy, winemakers must share the majority of the vineyards. It is often difficult to have complete control of the farming, as a neighbor’s bad practices can blow onto your vines. Here’s a wine that comes from a monopole (single-owner) vineyard called Clos des Allées that is worked solely by Marie Luneau-Chartier and Pierre-Marie Luneau. Their farming is certified biodynamic, which helps to produce happy and healthy Melon de Bourgogne vines. You can taste it in the wine. Here you have a wine loaded with creamy texture and a sense of salinity. You’ll find flavors of sun-dried straw, green apples. There is an undeniable Umami component that makes it a great food wine.

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Melon de Bourgogne


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.


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.

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