Muscadet ‘Granite’ Domaine de l’Ecu 2018
Domaine de l’Ecu, Muscadet
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).
0.70 hectare plot of 45-55 year old vines growing on stony soils with granite/orthogneiss subsoil. 100% hand harvested. Gravity reception of grapes. No pumps. Pneumatic pressing with no débourbage. 100% natural yeasts for fermentation. Aged on lees in underground vats for 10 months followed by 8 months on fine lees in used oak barrels. Rested for 2 months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling. No fining and no filtration.
Grape: Melon de Bourgogne or also call Muscadet