Domaine de l'Ecu (Guy Bossard)
Muscadet (Loire Valley)

The Estate
The domaine is located in the hamlet of Le Landreau in Sèvre et Maine, Muscadet's best region of production. The family has been producing wine there for 5 generations, but current owner Guy Bossard defies the prevailing view that organic producers can't make great wine. The estate became organic in 1975, and biodynamic in 1986. Guy Bossard makes his own compost using algae, forest brush and basalt. He produces 3 different cuvees, each masterfully crafted to highlight the expression of the specific soil types.
The Hermine d'Or designation is given to specially selected Cuvées of Muscadet, (tasted blind) that score highly. Hermine d'Or wines are picked for: 
1. Typicity - Trueness to type (no oak here).
2. Ageability - The ability to improve in the bottle.
3. Minerality - Classic feature of wines of this region.
This insignia, Hermine d'Or, is as near a guarantee of quality as can be found in the region.

Matt Kramer, the Wine Spectator - My Wines of the Year - 
"Ah, my beloved Muscadet always pops up on this list, as I like to buy'em and age'em for upward of a decade. Guy Bossard, the owner-winemaker of Domaine de l'Ecu, is obsessed with Muscadet. His vines and winemaking are fully biodynamic. If Burgundy's Domaine Leroy made Muscadet, it would be Domaine de l'Ecu. In the classic 2002 vintage, Bossard offered multiple bottlings based on soil types. His Expression de Granit is all about intense minerality; Expression d'Orthogneiss is spicier, richer and denser. Both need 10 years of age. The prices are absurdly low."

"The gifted, highly regarded Guy Bossard produces serious Muscadets, built to age; fully biodynamic since 1986." - Anthony Dias Blue's pocket guide to wine 2006


Domaine de l'Ecu


Guy Bossard 

The Vineyard 
Guy Bossard farms 17 hectares (42 acres) entirely using biodynamic methods. The average age of the vines is 45 years.
The wines are fermented "sur lie", on the yeast, to prevent oxidation and impart full flavor and a slight spritz to the finished product.


Guy Bossard in the vineyards





  

The Wines
 MUSCADET: [Gneiss] - [Orthogneiss] - [Granite]

SPARKLING: [Ludwig Hahn]



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UPC code: 7 84585 00057 9
2011 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Gneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: gneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Fresh, clean and lemon-lime flavors. This wine displays a nice minerality on the nose and the palate that reflects the expression of the terroir. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.
A perfect match to fish, seafood and white meats.

#F1EE109005MLS 
UPC code: 7 84585 00057 9
2009 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Gneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: gneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Fresh, clean and lemon-lime flavors. This wine displays a nice minerality on the nose and the palate that reflects the expression of the terroir. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.
A perfect match to fish, seafood and white meats.

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The L’Ecu 2009 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Expression de Gneiss offers cool scents and generous juiciness of herb-tinged melon and grapefruit on a surprisingly lush palate. But the march of the minerals begins midway through and won’t quit. Impingements of salt, chalk, and iodine lend savor to a finish that practically squeezes your salivary glands. It’s impossible to taste – much less drink – these wines without a smile … and I was cross when I put the glass to my lips for having accidentally received two bottles of this and none of “Granite.” All three represent as usual excellent value, and should in this vintage be worth following for at least 3-4 years."
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Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 90 pts

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UPC code: 7 84585 00057 9
2008 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Gneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: gneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Fresh, clean and full-bodied, this wine displays a nice minerality on the nose and the palate that reflects the expression of the terroir. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.
A perfect match to fish, seafood and white meats.

"The Melon de Bourgogne grape often produces Muscadet wines that are delicious but relatively simple. Not true of those made by famed winemaker Guy Bossard, who creates some of the best and most complex Muscadets you can find. This one has a layered palate of citrus, lees, and toast with prominent mineral notes. A superb wine at an incredible price!"
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International Wine Review (April 2010), 91 pts

"Famed Muscadet winemaker Guy Bossard has made one of the appellation’s best wines from a four ha gneiss-soil parcel in his 17 ha biodynamic vineyard. Yellow straw in color, herbs, lees and minerals show on the nose. The creamy, full-flavored palate offers layers of flavors of lees, toast, and ripe citrus fruit. An exceptional Muscadet!"
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International Wine Review (May 2010), 91 pts


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2011 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression d'Orthogneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
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UPC code: 7 84585 00616 8
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 2 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: orthogneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Well-balanced, clean with an elegant minerality, a fine and rich texture. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

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UPC code: 7 84585 00616 8
2009 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression d'Orthogneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 2 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: orthogneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Well-balanced, clean with an elegant minerality, a fine and rich texture. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

"Leading with an overtly crushed stone note already in the nose, Bossard’s 2009 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Expression d’Orthogneiss presents a slightly more austere palate than its gneiss counterpart, with quinine and lemon pip bitterness as well as chalk and stone accenting a brightly lemony matrix. Here the long finishing impression is invigorating but also cheek-pinching. Over the next couple of years in bottle the wine will lose some of its audacity and almost certainly gain complexity. There is no need to worry about having to drink Bossard’s Muscadets in their first year. All represent as usual excellent value, and should in this vintage be worth following for at least 3-4 years. "
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Wine Advocate (Aug. 2010), 89 pts

2008 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression d'Orthogneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
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UPC code: 7 84585 00616 8
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 2 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: orthogneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Well-balanced, clean with an elegant minerality, a fine and rich texture. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

"This pungent $19 Muscadet balances rich fruit with bright acidity. We smelled honeysuckle and chamomile. There's a briney minerality to this medium-bodied white, and flavors of Granny Smith apples, Anjou pears, tart lemon peel, and musky honey. It's puckeringly tart and would pair well with shrimp scampi or shrimp pad thai, or possibly a lemony roast chicken."
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2007 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression d'Orthogneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
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UPC code: 7 84585 00616 8
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 2 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: orthogneiss
Yield: 50 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Well-balanced, clean with an elegant minerality, a fine and rich texture. Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

2006 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression d'Orthogneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
"From volcanic soil, this ripe, but tight style of Muscadet is one that needs aging. Even after two years, the acidity has not completely molded round the fresh grapefruit flavors. It’s lively, very crisp, demanding food.
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- Wine Enthusiast (Sept. 2008), 91 pts

2005 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression d'Orthogneiss, Sur Lie 12/750ml
"Bossard’s 2005 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Expression d’Orthogneiss smells fascinatingly of roasted, salted peanuts, citrus zest, and pungently musky flowers. With a tactile mineral sense of salt and chalk infusing a mouthful of citrus, chicken stock and peanut soup, this upholds the duty of all Muscadet to refresh while serving as a mineral delivery device."
- Wine Advocate # 172 (Aug 2007), 89 pts

"Light gold. Intensely floral aromas of exuberant lemon and lime zest, quince, pear and dusty minerals. Vibrant, zesty citrus flavors are deepened by a note of floral honey, which adds richness to this chewy, concentrated midweight. A clinging note of quinine on the back adds further interest and complexity. Finishes dry, energetic and very long." - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Mar/Apr 07), 90 pts


National Retail Price: $19.99 / bottle



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UPC code: 7 84585 00615 1
2011 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Granite, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 3 hectare vineyard.
Soil: pebble stones / Sub-soil: granit
Yield: 40-45 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Citrus, pear and white flowers aromas on the nose. Well-balanced, fresh and mineral, this rich and refreshing cuvée has a good ageing potential ("Hermine d'Or" designation). Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

#F1EE109010MLS
UPC code: 7 84585 00615 1
2009 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Granite, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 3 hectare vineyard.
Soil: pebble stones / Sub-soil: granit
Yield: 40-45 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Citrus, pear and white flowers aromas on the nose. Well-balanced, fresh and mineral, this rich and refreshing cuvée has a good ageing potential ("Hermine d'Or" designation). Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

#F1EE109004MLS
UPC code: 7 84585 00615 1
2008
Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Granite, Sur Lie 12/750ml
100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 3 hectare vineyard.
Soil: pebble stones / Sub-soil: granit
Yield: 40-45 hl/ha
Production: 555 cases
Citrus, pear and white flowers aromas on the nose. Well-balanced, fresh and mineral, this rich and refreshing cuvée has a good ageing potential ("Hermine d'Or" designation). Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.

2005 Domaine de l'Ecu, Muscadet, Expression de Granite, Sur Lie 12/750ml
"L’Ecu’s 2005 Muscadet de Sevre et Maine Sur Lie Expression de Granite is scented with fresh lime, fennel, tangerine zest, and flowers. Infectiously juicy, satiny in texture, expansively floral, pungently zesty and herbal, and subtly honeyed, it finishes with fascinating hints of iodine, oyster shell, and citrus zest, yet always with juicy refreshment."
- Wine Advocate # 172 (Aug 2007), 90 pts

"Light gold. Wet stone, lanolin, beeswax, honey and yellow plum on the nose, with a faint hint of licorice. Chewy, soil-driven and medium-bodied, with deep, stony quince, pear and apple flavors showing depth and power. Hardly typical Muscadet, this has the texture and flavor profile of Savenierre, finishing with dry, earthy notes, an oily, clinging texture and very good length.
" - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Mar/Apr 07), 89 pts


National Retail Price: $23.99 / bottle



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N.V. Domaine de l'Ecu, Cuvée Ludwig Hahn 12/750ml
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UPC code: 7 84585 00432 4
45% Folle Blanche (Gros-Plant), 25% Chardonnay, 20% Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet), 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Soil: clayey, silicious / Sub-Soil: gneiss & orthogneiss

Grapes for this sparkling cuvée are hand harvested,
pressed lightly for first run juice and fermented "sur lie" at low temperature using indigenous yeasts. The finished still wine is fermented in the bottle for a second time with champagne yeasts. It is then left to age on the lees, or dead yeast, for at least a year before shipping as finished sparkling wine. Its long lasting bubbles are the result of this second fermentation.
Complex, round, fruity and refreshing sparkling with citrus-like flavors and a full, fresh finish that lingers. It is an excellent wine for celebrations and festive meals.
To be consumed over the 2 next years.

National Retail Price: $22.99 / bottle