Muscadet 'Expression de Gneiss' Domaine de l’Ecu 2015
Domaine de l’Ecu, Muscadet
Made from vines which are over 45 years old planted in light gneiss soils, Muscadet 'Gneiss' Domaine de l’Ecu 2015 is refreshingly light with a crisp acidity and enticing grapefruit, melon, herbaceous and chalk elements. A real pleasure to drink and described the 2011 vintage as "chock full of personality" by Jancis Robinson in her Top Holiday Whites article in the Financial Times
Frédéric Niger Van Herck’s Domaine de l'Ecu, certified organic since 1975 and biodynamic since 1992, is surely one of the most iconic estates in the entire Muscadet region. This domaine shines like a beacon of quality, inspiring generations of young producers to follow its natural, quality-focused philosophy. Originally established by Guy Bossard, and subsequently taken on by Fréd, the domaine’s undoubted mastery of producing mineral Muscadet, with a high definition of terroir is a revelation, especially considering the often seen mediocrity elsewhere in the appellation. Fréd respects his vines and his terroir with incredible intensity. He believes that wine should always reflect the origin and the vintage of its birth. The domaine’s 22 hectares of vines comprise a veritable patchwork of different terroirs, including Gneiss, Granite, Orthogneiss and Taurus. He wants his wines to speak of their origins with ‘brio’. Fréd resorts to absolutely no artificial technology in the cellar (use of commercial yeasts, addition of enzymes etc.) since he believes that such techniques lead to dull, soulless standardisation. Sulphur levels are intentionally kept very low (on average 20-40g/total - a level that is 4 times lower than that permitted by Demeter, one of the companies with whom the domaine is certified as being biodynamic)
Muscadet ‘Gneiss’: sourced from a 3 hectares vineyard with a northwest orientation. The Melon de Bourgogne vines average 45-55 years of age. Gneiss subsoil. Manual harvest. Reception of harvest by gravity, no pumping. Pneumatic pressing. No débourbage. 100% natural yeasts. Ageing sur lie for 10 months in an underground tank.
Grape: Melon de Bourgogne or also call Muscadet