Pierre-Marie and Marie Luneau head this 39 hectare family 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, once 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.
The soil is mainly micaschist and gneiss, but some plots are a mix of silica, volcanic rocks and schist. The estate has a high proportion of old vines, 40 years old on average, up to 65 years of age.
The harvest is done by hand -also a rarity in the region- to avoid any oxidation before pressing. There is an immediate light separation of juice from gross lees), then a four week fermentation at 68 degrees, followed by six months of aging in glass-lined vats on the wine’s fine lees for the entry-level wines, much longer for the rest of the lineup (12 to 48 months). This is the classic Muscadet “sur lie” process, where the wine is kept on its lees, with a fair amount of CO2 as protection, until bottling in the spring following the harvest.
They converted to organic farming in 2011 and are now certified and working towards their biodynamic certification.
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