Guy Bossard, a fifth-generation Muscadet Sèvre et Maine vigneron, took over his family’s Domaine in 1972. Guy is one of the appellation’s earliest pioneers of organic viticulture and adopted the nickname “The Pope of Muscadet” amongst his peers. From the start, Guy was focused on building his domain’s reputation on the principles of organic viticulture and true respect for nature. The domain received organic certification in 1975 and became DEMETER certified biodynamic in 1998.
Domaine de l’Ecu is made up of 25 hectares over three principle soil types (Granite, Gneiss, Orthogneiss). Guy recognized the importance of his terroir specific sites and began vinifying and bottling his Muscadet based on soil type. Domaine de l’Ecu soon became famous for producing world-class wines of terroir; heightening the reputation of their appellation Muscadet Sèvre et Maine.
In 2009, Guy decided to pass on his knowledge and love for biodynamic farming and for the natural world. Guy decided to place his domain in the hands of Frédéric Niger. Fred has stayed true to the viticulture practices set forth by Guy all while adding his own enthusiasm for the land and its unique terroirs. In the cellar, Fred has extended the ageing time of the Muscadet cuvées and has added a number of new cuvées to the roster using amphoras in the vinification and ageing process.
🌍 Muscadet-Sèvre et Maine, Loire, France
🍇 Melon de Bourgogne (Muscadet) 100 %
Successfully produced in amphora, the property cuvees reflect their original terroir, even carrying the nature of the soils they are born from. Completely fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged on lees, this one offers minerality reminiscent or rock dust, as well as lemon and green apple accents. Good tension, and very typical.