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Guy Bossard de l Ecu Muscadet Orthogneiss 2013

ID No: 442249
Country:France
Region:Loire
Grape Type:Melon de Bourgogne
Winery:Ecu (Guy Bossard)
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Guy Bossard de l'Ecu Muscadet Cuvee Classic 2015

This vintage claims to be “Classic” purely to set itself apart from the tendancy to promote wines whose aromas have their origin neither in the variety of grape nor in the locality...This Muscadet is developed and vinified to be appreciated young “on the fruit”. It is crystal clear and the color of yellow straw. Lime, grapefruit, white fruits, pear and apple, salty and citrus notes are generously present on the nose. 
The mouth is rich, straight, providing a beautiful acid screen; lime and soft notes of the sea provide a good balance and a great freshness in this Muscadet, superb landmarks which stretch to the end....

GRAPE-VARIETY: Melon de Bourgogne. (Local name of the Muscadet grape)

SURFACE: 4.50 ha (11.12 acres).
AGE OF VINES: 30-35 years old.
CARACTERISTICS OT THE TERRITORY: Loire Valley vineyard
Orientation of the slopes is WEST and NORTH WEST.
Soil is Siliceous with a sub-soil of metamorphic rock.
PRODUCTION: 45 hl/ha
Soil ploughing and soil scraping. Canopy management.
PRUNING: Simple Guyot.
VINIFICATION AND REFINING:
Organicly farmed since 1975.
Biodynamic – Demeter certified since 1998
- 100 % hand-picked grapes
- Reception of the grape harvest by gravity.
- No use of pumps.
- Pneumatic pressing.
- No racking of the must.
- Fermentation 100 % natural yeast.
- Aged “on the lees” in underground vats
covered with glass tiles during 14 months.

Guy Bossard Domaine De l'Ecu Muscadet Gneiss 2015

Guy Bossard Domaine De l'Ecu Muscadet Gneiss is 100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 4 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: gneiss
Yield: 45-50 hl/haSoil ploughing and soil scraping. Canopy management.
PRUNING: Simple Guyot.
Orientation of slopes is NORTH WEST. Light soil. Sub-soil: Gneiss.
Production: 555 cases
It is crystal clear and white gold in color with reflections of green. The nose is opulent, rich in white fruits, notes of pear and of the sea. We also notice citrus, hazelnut and mineral notes. The mouth is soft, dense and expressive. The wine is fruity, juicy and intense. A good mouthfeel wth a remarkable balance held by a beautiful vivacity, with aromas of salt, mineral and finally citrus fruits. Invited to the most prestigious tables, this Muscadet will enhance the flavor of fish in sauce or white meat.

rganically farmed since 1975. Biodynamic – Demeter certified since 1998. 100 % hand-picked grapes Reception of the grape harvest by gravity, no use of pumps. Pneumatic gentle press No racking of the must Fermentation: 100 % natural yeast • Temperature control: 15 °- 17 °. Aged "ON THE LEES" in underground vats

A perfect match to the following dishes: 
Mussel soup with coriander and orange zest
Savoury tart, duo of "andouille" and monkfish.
Skate with capers and a "beurre noisette".
Eels and frogs legs "à la provençale".
Pike, Perch with a "beurre blanc".
Tuna and courgette Lasagne
Cheeses: Fresh Goats Cheese, Curé Nantais

Review:

"Fresh apple with tangy skin and subtly piquant seed inflections is seemingly suffused with crushed stone. The feel is polished and the finish retains satisfying juiciness and stony grip. Niger had to intervene in tank with sulfur after this started into malolactic. It nonetheless showed well in late July 2016 and was, like the other l’Ecu “geological” bottlings, slated for September 2016 bottling. But I have not yet been able to connect with the finished wine in the US. At this point, I prefer to be conservative with my prognosis of ageability. - David Schildknecht”
- Vinous (May 2017), 88-89+ pts



 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 89
Domaine de l'Ecu Cuvee Ludwig Hahn NV

Bossard Ludwig Hahn Cremant Loire is made with 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 cuvee 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.

Product Description

100% Melon de Bourgogne sourced from a 3 hectare vineyard.
Sub-soil: Orthogneiss
Yield: 45-50 hl/haSoil ploughing and soil scraping. Canopy management.
PRUNING: Simple Guyot.
Orientation of slopes is SOUTH EAST. Soil is granulous and not very deep. Sub-soil: Orthogneiss.
Production: 555 cases
It is the color of white gold and crystal clear. The nose is subtle and elegant with the 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 purety and rare elegance; very salty notes, chalky and slightly smokey notes and notes of citrus fruits, a wine with the ability to be kept for a long time.

 


Review:

"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

Winery: Ecu (Guy Bossard)

The Domaine de l'Ecu Guy Bossard Estate
The domaine is located in the hamlet of Le Landreau in Sevre 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 Cuvees 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

The Domaine de l'Ecu Guy Bossard 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.

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