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We are extremely honored to represent the wines of Domaine de l’Ecu. For many years, under the guidance of the talented Guy Bossard, this Domaine has held its place in the top echelon of Muscadet estates, though it has been relatively unknown in this country. Many feel that Guy Bossard (among a very small group of others, of course) is to thank for what Muscadet is today. His influence can be attributed to three main factors:

1) The estate was one of the early practitioners of organic viticulture in the Loire, well before it was fashionable to do so. The vineyards of Domaine de l’Ecu have been certified Organic for over 40 years and certified Biodynamic for over 20.
2) Guy believed so strongly in the unique terroirs of Muscadet that he chose to vinify and bottle based on soil type, as opposed to appellation blends. Thus was born the famed terroir wines from the subsoils of Gneiss, Orthogneiss and Granite.
3) Unlike most regular Muscadet, the wines are aged sur-lie for 15-18 months, resulting in a texture and layered complexity that have come to define the unique style of Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadets and set them apart from other wines in the appellation. In fact, some Loire cogni scenti have argued that Domaine de l’Ecu should be its own appellation – like Chateau Grillet, for example – due to the singularity of the wines.

Besides these factors, there are a series of non-negotiable “house rules” that apply to all the wines at Domaine de L’Ecu: working the soils, harvesting by hand, fermenting with indigenous yeast, avoiding pumping or racking of the must (only gravity), and minimal use of sulfur. All in all, it is a philosophy of “no make-up”; just true wines without adulteration or artifice.

In recent years, the domaine has seen a change ownership, as Bossard had no heirs interested in taking over the property. The estate is now run by a passionate, wine-loving gentleman named Frederik (Fred) Niger Van Herck. Fred is a very “hands-on” owner and is dedicated to maintaining the greatness of the estate. To that end, he has retained Bossard as an ongoing consultant to work side-by-side in both the vineyards and cellar to make sure that the transition is smooth for years to come. Both Fred and Guy are extremely pleased with this arrangement, as Bossard absolutely loves the opportunity to continue his life’s work in the vineyard and cellar, and Fred benefits enormously from the infinite wisdom and perspective of working intimately with one of the Loire Valley’s great vignerons.

Like Bossard, Fred is a fanatic in the vineyards, crops extremely low, and makes Muscadets that have remarkable depth, precision and ageability. His passion and connection to the natural world guide his every move in the vineyard and cellar. He is present, observant and mindful, always with the goal of working in tandem with the forces of nature and never against them. In recent years, Fred has embarked on a compelling endeavor to craft a collection of Vin De France varietal wines fermented and aged in a combination of amphora and barrel, and sometimes amphora alone. He is particularly interested in the energy exchange between vessel and wine, and ultimately in how this energy is transmitted to those of us who have the pleasure of experiencing these vibrant, lively, pure expressions of soil and grape.  less

Available Wines

Domaine de l’Ecu La Divina Brut NV
Domaine de l’Ecu Lux [Chardonnay] Vin de France 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu Mephisto [Cabernet Franc] Vin de France 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sevre et Maine Classic 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sevre et Maine Gneiss 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sevre et Maine Granite 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sevre et Maine Orthogneiss 2013
Domaine de l’Ecu Muscadet Sevre et Maine Orthogneiss 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu Pinot Noir Ange 2014
Domaine de l’Ecu RedNoz Vin de France 2014

 

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