Reports from harvest in Muscadet at Domaine de l’Ecu in the Loire Valley. Photos and updates come from Fred Niger.
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Domaine de l’Ecu Vintage Report 2015 9.11.15
Pinot Noir for Ange is set ripe and looking like it will be harvested on Monday of next week. These grapes historically were used along with the other reds in the sparkling wine that Guy Bossard made for years.
Fred works all year to get the grapes to ripeness and is creating a lovely and unexpected series of red still wines with these grapes today.
In this video from our Ask a Winemaker series with Fred, he explained the process and the work required to get red grapes ripe in the area around Nantes.
Funny thing was that after taking a look at the Pinot to be harvested Fred needed to buy a hose or some such thing from the local wine maker supply store and posted this picture of the additives available. Tannins, acids, nutrients… and more than 350 types of aromatic yeasts to give your wine just the right flavor. Terroir at it’s best. Needless to say there was a long series of comments on Facebook about the merits of such additives…
Domaine de l’Ecu Vintage Report 2015 9.8.15
Domaine de l’Ecu Vintage Report 2015 9.4.15
Taken by Fred Niger on Friday 9/4/15, who adds that harvest is set to begin next Wednesday.