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Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss
Domaine de l'Ecu
France - Loire Valley - Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie

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.

Specifications
Appellation
Muscadet de Sevre et Maine sur lie
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Melon de Bourgogne
Agricultural Practices
Organic
Certifications
Ecocert
Soil type
Soil is granulous and not very deep. Sub-soil: Orthogneiss
Vinification
Yield: 45-50 hl/ha
Soil ploughing and soil scraping. Canopy management.
PRUNING: Simple Guyot.
Orientation of slopes is SOUTH EAST.
Hand harvested. No pumps, no racking of the must. Gentle pneumatic pressing. 100% natural yeast fermentation. Aged on the lees in underground vats.
Production
555 (9-liter cases)
Pairings

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.
Chicken Colombo.

Reviews and News

2015 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss - 91 PTS - VINOUS

2015 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss - 91 PTS - VINOUS

vinous logo"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

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2013 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss - 90PTS - WA

2013 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss - 90PTS - WA

wa90"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

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2012 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss - 91 PTS - WA

2012 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss - 91 PTS - WA

wa91"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

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Producer Information: Domaine de l'Ecu

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 ...
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