Louis Dressner Selections - Wine Importer
Muscadet from Domaine Luneau-Papin.
Pierre-Marie Luneau and Marie Chartier. Photo by Christophe Bornet.
Pierre and Monique Luneau. Photo by Christophe Bornet.


Pierre-Marie Luneau heads this 50-hectare estate in Le Landreau, a village 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 appellation's single varietal. After taking over from his father Pierre in 2011, Pierre-Marie became the ninth generation to make wine in the area.


This interview with Pierre-Marie Luneau took place at the Salons des Vins de Loire in February, 2012.


This visit at Luneau-Papin took place in February, 2013.

Words by Jules Dressner, photos by Susie Curnutte and Bonnie Crocker.


Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie "Pierre de la Grange":
Soil: micaschist and gneiss
Grape: Melon de Bourgogne
Exposition: full south
Vines: 45+ years
Vinification: Pressed by hand and pneumatic press.
Cold clarification of grape juice, then temperature controlled fermentation at 20° for four weeks. The wine then stays on its lees(sur lie) for seven months until it is bottled.
Aging: Bottled in the spring.