Domaine Luneau-Papin, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine (Loire Valley, France) “Terre de Pierre” 2020 

($25):  Luneau-Papin, one of the top producers in the Muscadet region, farms all their vineyards organically and biodynamically.  They have may bottlings, each of which focuses on the unique soil, exposure, and microclimate of the specific site.  This one, Terre de Pierre, comes from the La Butte de la Roche site whose red ochre earth is “legendary” in the area, according to their website.  The 2020, a unique impression of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, conveys a depth not usually associated with Muscadet (maybe that’s the red ochre earth speaking) along with the expected energy and vibrancy of the appellation.  It is a reminder of the heights Muscadet can achieve when in the right hands.  And, by the way, it’s a great value.
93 Michael Apstein Jul 19, 2022