The Bossard family has been producing wine in Muscadet for five generations. Guy Bossard and his wife, Annie Thuaud, produce award winning wines from their forty-two acre estate in the town of Le Landreau in Brittany on France’s Atlantic coast. Their vineyards are in the heart of the Sèvre et Maine district, the most renowned area of Muscadet production. Their vineyards have been certified organic since 1975 as well as certified Biodynamic by Demeter since 1986.
Information and tasting notes from the Importer:
Guy Bossard and his wife Annie Thuaud make this delicious Method Traditionnelle sparkling wine from the vineyards that produce their renowned Muscadet, located in Brittany on France’s Atlantic coast. Although not allowed to call it Champagne, they make each bottle with all the care that goes into wines from that famous region. Grapes used are Folle Blanche, Melon de Bourgogne, and Chardonnay. A little Cabernet Franc adds complexity and structure.
Bossards’ forty-two acre vineyard has been certified organic by Demeter over twenty years, since father and son made the transition from chemical based agriculture. Vines are nourished with biodynamic compost and rock powders. Only a minimal amount of pure sulfur is used to protect wine from oxidation. Grapes for the sparkling cuvée are hand harvested from three prime acres, 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. Bossard-Thuaud has an assertive fruity nose, the dry and citrus-like flavors of its grape varieties and a full, fresh finish that lingers. It is an excellent wine for celebrations and festive meals.
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A Review from TheWineDoctor.com:
Domaine de l’Ecu Cuvée Ludwig Hahn NV: An assemblage of Folle Blanche, otherwise known as Gros-Plant, Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne and Cabernet Sauvignon from Guy Bossard. The same pale-straw gold colour here, although with a much calmer bead than with my previous bottle. The nose has a more honeyed character, rather reminiscent of aged Muscadet. A maturing character on the palate, very dry but with flavours of sweetly baked apples and chalky minerality, backed up by a very dry structure and vibrant, almost sour acidity. Lemony, nettly, gravelly, with a sweet-sour finish. Certainly still some interest here, holding up nicely, although not necessarily any better. 16.5/20 (August 2010)