2017 harvest in Pays Nantais – first impressions

 Melon de Bourgogne @Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin 

Still a little green – will be picked later this week 

or early next week 


We arrived in the Pays Nantais this morning after a night in a cheap hotel close to Saumur. It is clear that many producers were badly hit this year by the frosts at end of April. Unfortunately April 2016 also saw bad frosts – again at the end of April. Ironically 2017 is very promising in terms of quality – such a pity that the frost was so damaging. 

Today we visited Domaine Pierre Luneau-Papin, Fred Niger (both in Le Landreau) and the Lieubeau family in Château-Thébaud. Fred is undoubtedly the worst hit as he has lost 98% of the crop – not funny as he lost 90% in 2016 and 85% in 2012. Fortunately he is part of 11 organic vignerons across France who help each other out by selling grapes/must when frost or hail strikes. Nevertheless it is very far from easy – very dispiriting when you yet another vintage destroyed by frost over night.

For Pierre and Marie Luneau only their Butte de la Roche is yielding a normal harvest, while the Lieubeau family has 40% from their 70 hectares.  

Understandably there are now projects underway to install frost protection systems. Clearly producers cannot survive such losses for very long.  


Marie Luneau, CRM and Eric Narioo (Les Caves de Pyrene)
as well as wine @Vino di Anna on Mount Etna (Sicily)

Pierre Marie and Marie Luneau (Domaine Luneau-Papin)

Pierre Luneau with the new Stockinger wooden vats

 Monique Luneau – le grand chef with 

vegetables from the garden


In the cellar of Fred Niger van Amphore 
(above and below)


Three of the Lieubeau family, who work on the domaine 
Right to left – Chantal, Marie her daughter
and Vincent, her youngest son

 Local priest to give blessing? 

With François Lieubeau, Vincent’s elder brother

The local priests did bless the vignoble 

but unfortunately it was in late May/earlyJune.

In 2018 it will need to be in late March 

before the threat of April frosts



Lieubeau – Melon de Bourgogne for their 2017 Cru Château-Thébaud

Arrival of the Lieubeau’s 1st load of Gros Plant 

Le Ban des Vendanges was issued today.

Playing around with the ISO speeds
@100 ISO above


@ 20000 ISO


@ H2 – 102,400 ISO


2 réflexions sur “2017 harvest in Pays Nantais – first impressions

  1. Dégusté ce soir le Soleil Nantais 2016 des Frères Guilbaud – je sais, c’est un peu trop tôt, mais qu’est-ce que c’est bon…
    Le bon Muscadet mérite qu’on s’y intéresse.


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