Domaine de l’écu - Muscadet

Guy Bossard and his iconic Domaine de l’ecu hardly needs introduction. Guy has been a pioneering figure in the Muscadet appellation for much of the last 40 years. In the early Guy Bossard1970s, when most winemakers in France were embracing chemical treatments, Guy took an unusual stand to lead the family domaine into organic viticulture. The domaine has been certified organic since 1975. After working closely with Mark Angéli and others biodynamists in the area, Guy then started incorporating biodynamic practices and earned Demeter certification in 1998.

Avid fans of Muscadet have no doubt experienced site specific, terroir driven, age-worthy wines on par with some of France’s greatest white wines. Unlike Alsace and Burgundy though, for example, both of which have enjoyed a long tradition of single-vineyard production, there has been no official recognition of terroir specific sites in the appellation of Muscadet. Guy Bossard has been a dominant figure in the region fighting for this recognition so that dedicated vignerons like himself, who labor hard in the vineyards can be fairly compensated rather than compete with mass produced, inexpensive and unexpressive wine, in a race toward the lowest price.

The 25 hectares of Domaine de l’écu are spread out over 3 principle soil types: Gneiss the most crumbly soil of the which leads to powerful and intense wines that are perhaps the most fragrant, with suggestions of citrus and seashells. Orthogneiss is more compact construction and produces a wine which is round and oily with floral nuance, exotic fruit notes and a deep golden color. Granite gives the impression of licking a rock with its flint and petrol tones. One can’t help but think of Alsatian Riesling.

As the new millenium arrived, Guy Bossard began looking for a successor, someone who shared his passion for the appellation and valued the years he dedicated to working outside the conventions, respecting nature and paying attention to the individuality of each terroir. He found that person in Fréderic Niger Van Herck, who arrived at the domaine in 2009 for an internship in conjunction with his viticulture studies. Long time wine buff, taster and blogger who was making a mid-life transition from information technology to winemaking and Fréderic Niger Van Herckoenology, in Fréderic, Guy found a successor who shared his conviction that the Muscadet appellation was one capable of producing world class wines of terroir. Fred has since taken over the reins at the domaine as Guy moves gradually toward retirement.

Fréderic Niger Van Herck has brought his own unique energy and passion to the direction of the domaine, expanded the production of red wines, extended the aging period of some Muscadet cuvées beyond the basic and gone beyond the traditional glass-lined underground tanks and introduced Burgundy barrels and amphoras as fermentation and aging vessels, all for which he has attracted much press attention and accolade. With Van Herck at the healm, Domaine de l’écu endures and expands its role as a leader, among a handful of domaines in the appellation, rooted in the conviction that wines of distinction and class can be produced where there is respect for the land and recognition of its unique terroirs.

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La DivinaBlend of Folle Blanche, Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne and Cabernet…

Cuvée ClassiqueBlend of young vines from the three principle soils: gneiss, orthogneiss and granite.

GneissGneiss the most crumbly soil of the which leads to powerful and intense wines…

OrthogneissOrthogneiss is more compact construction and produces a wine which is round and oily with floral nua…

GraniteGranite gives the impression of licking a rock with its flint and petrol tones.

TaurusLight straw reflections. Elegant aromas with notes of citrus, dried fruits, white flowers, almond and toast, minerality.

MephistoFull nose, flattering, round, expressive, black fruits and red berries, blackberry, strawberry, gooseberry, hints of white pepper.

AngeThis Pinot Noir mixes grace with vigour and associates strength with finesse.