The Domaine Luneau-Papin is located 20 kilometers south of the Loire in Nantes. The vineyard of Domaine Luneau-Papin covers 40 hectares on the sunny slopes of Sèvre et Maine. Following in the footsteps of Pierre and Monique Luneau, it is now Pierre-Marie and Marie, the ninth generation of winemakers from the estate, who are carrying on the family tradition. They perpetuate the family's tradition by producing Muscadet de Terroir, which has earned the estate its reputation, and they only market their own harvest.
Great vintages are crafted over several decades. At Luneau-Papin estate, the expertise of the winemakers and the plant heritage are passed down from generation to generation.
Today's work will shape tomorrow's harvest, and each one leaves its mark.
Domaine Luneau-Papin currently exports 40% of its production and sells 35% of its wines within France.
At Domaine Luneau-Papin, each plot is hand-harvested, vinified, and aged separately, respecting the authenticity of the characteristics of each terroir, where each plot functions like a "garden." The 12 distinct cuvées that result from this approach are a tangible proof of it.
The Luneau-Papin estate began its conversion to organic and biodynamic agriculture in the 2000s. This process involved several stages, including the complete elimination of systemic products, the certification of all wines by Ecocert, and the Demeter and Biodyvin labels.
The entire vineyard is planted with the "Melon" grape variety from Burgundy, also known as "Muscadet." This Muscadet has found its favorite terroir here, a land composed of mica schist and gneiss stones with two micas, granite, peridotite in a mound of serpentinite and altered shale.
The history of Luneau-Papin estate is the story of the union of two ancient lines of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine: a tale of love, family heritage, and passion for the land and vineyards.
With their estate, which was recently founded in the 1990s but had roots dating back to the early 18th century, Pierre Luneau and Monique Papin were part of a small movement that recognized the potential of the Melon de Bourgogne grape as a translator of terroir. They embraced organic farming practices and later embraced biodynamic cultivation. The wines that are now crafted by their son Pierre-Marie and his wife Marie are examples of how Melon de Bourgogne can be texturally and structurally strong, how the grape matures beautifully, and the abundance of expressive possibilities it holds.
Luneau-Papin has an excellent collection of properties, with a diverse range of soil structures and ancient vineyards, some of which were planted as far back as the 1940s.