The wine is produced from 100% Melon de Bourgogne grapes that are sourced from a 3 hectare-vineyard.
The Orthogneiss boasts a white gold and crystal clear color. The nose is subtle and elegant with zest of citrus fruits, white flowers and spices such as ginger and cumin and there are notes of flintstone, dried fruits and toasted almonds. The attack is sharp and straight, the mouth is complex, an impression of great purity and rare elegance; very salty notes, chalky and slightly smoky notes, citrus fruits, a wine with the ability to be kept for a long time.
A perfect match to the following dishes:
Asian cuisine, fish curry, Thai white rice, cucumber raita.
Snail Casserole Sole meuniere & steamed crispy vegetables.
Brittany Lobster, wine and brandy reduction, smashed sweet potatoes with star anise.
Scallops in spicy breadcrumbs.
Spicy prawns, coriander cream.
"Tightly wound and very savory, with a core of lemon zest and honeysuckle flavors, while tangy fleur de sel and oyster shell notes give this intensity on the finish. Pure, showing impressive length. Drink now through 2026. 1,000 cases made, 100 cases imported. - AZ”
- Wine Spectator (December 2019), 91 pts
"One of a pair of wines named after the rock of the vineyard, this offers great fruitiness, crisp lemon and a mineral edge that balances with the wine's fresh character. It is a delicious wine, still developing, ready from late 2019. - ROGER VOSS”
- Wine Enthusiast (October 2019), 91 pts
"Niger reported that his gneiss- and orthogneiss-based vineyards demanded especially careful selection in the aftermath of 2015’s late summer rain and subsequently persistent humidity, but the results here are clean and expressive. Smoky suggestions of struck flint mingle with quarry dust, fresh apple and lemon on the nose. There is a richer mouth feel here than in the corresponding “Granite” or “Gneiss” – even a hint of oiliness – but that has not precluded clarity or consummate refreshment on the finish, to which tingling impingements of lemon zest and stone lend invigoration. - David Schildknecht”
- Vinous (May 2017), 91 pts
"The pale colored 2013 Muscadet Sevre et Maine Orthogneiss has a precise and citric fruit aroma of candied limes, dried apples and brown pips. The palate is quite rich but also piquant, fresh and salty, the finish complex and long. This is another must-taste Muscadet from this terrific biodynamic domaine. - Stephan Reinhardt"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #215, October 2014), 90 pts
"The brillant, lemon-colored 2012 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Orthogneiss shows a complex and dense matured aroma of ripe, rather tropical fruits, such as pineapple intertwined with lime rind, honeydew melon, floral notes and very delicate yeasty flavors. This is a surprisingly rich, full-bodied, very complex and persistent wine with a thrilling acidity, mineral length and candied citrus aromas in the aftertaste. A great Muscadet to drink now or in the next 10 to 15 years. - Stephan Reinhardt"
- The Wine Advocate (Issue #215, October 2014), 91 pts
Ahead of its time, Le Domaine de l'écu has been certified as an organic agriculturist since 1975 and certified Biodynamic since 1988 (Demeter). They believe that a great wine is ...