2009 Luneau-Papin "Excelsior--Clos des Noëlles" Muscadet Sévre & Maine

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The Luneau-Papin estate has been in existance since the early 18th Century. In this region that does produce a lot of inexpensive bulk wine, Luneau-Papin distinguishes themselves with limited cuvees of privileged terroir and old vines. The Excelsior bottling is from the Clos des Noëlles, a single parcel of 75 year old Melon de Bourgogne vines planted in schist soils on a south-facing slope. In the cellar, the juice is transferred by gravity to small underground tanks where the must is very slowly fermented at cool temperatures. The wine is left on the lees for 3 years with regular stirring before being bottled.

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Melon de Bourgogne

- A white wine grape that originated in Burgundy, Melon de Bourgogne has, sadly, essentially vanished from that region. But fans of the varietal need not despair; its virtual disappearance from this pricy zip code has not prevented it from thriving in the Loire Valley, where it is made into the affordable, zippy, mineral, citrusy wines of Muscadet that pair so well with oysters. The best of those wines come from the region Muscadet de Sèvre et Maine. It is sometimes simply referred to as Muscadet.


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- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.