Friday, 30 September 2011
2011 Loire: not just a new wine vintage chez Pierre-Luneau-Papin!
Five Luneaus: Monique, Pierre-Marie, Marie Chartier-Luneau + one, and Pierre
Having spent two and a bit days in Anjou we had time to go west to the Pays Nantais to see how the vintage, which has now been over for the best part of a couple of weeks, turned out here – much more difficult than some of the other parts of the Loire that have been able to harvest much later.
We dropped into see the Luneau family only to discover that Monique and Pierre's son – Pierre-Marie – married Marie Chartier, responsible for marketing and communications at the domaine, in the summer and that they are expecting a baby in mid-January. Les bonnes nouvelles!
Pierre pouring the 2002 Excelsior, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine – one of their cru d'exception
In their typical generous fashion a tasting of the 2011 led to a tasting of bottled wines accompanied by an impromptu picnic with Pierre pulling out various bottles including an L d'Or 1995. Once again providing proof that top quality Muscadet is a grand vin blanc usually at a remarkably reasonable price.