Fred Niger is building on the foundation laid by Guy Bossard at Domaine de L’Ecu while stridently adhering to the organic and biodynamic practices Guy has used in the vines since the 1970’s. In addition to the single vineyard Muscadets Gneiss, Orthogneiss and Granite, which have arguably lifted the reputation of the appellation worldwide, Fred is introducing single varietal bottlings that are reshaping the face of the domaine. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Melon fermented in Amphora and without added sulfites introduce a whole new world of possibilities for producers in the area, just as Guy’s single vineyard bottlings did decades ago.
Muscadet from L’Ecu is a dramatic reflections of each parcel of soil on which it grows; as much as or more so than any wine in the world. This is not a measurable scale, but we’ve been enjoying the Expressions of Granite, Orthogneiss, and Gneiss for more than a decade, and there is no mistaking which is which from year to year. Each wine is named for the stones in its vineyard.
There are few, if any white wines that have this capacity for aging at comparable prices.
New red wines, including Ange (Pinot Noir), Red Noz (Cabernet Sauvignon), and Mephisto (Cabernet Franc) are challenging perceptions of what the region can and can not achieve. Of course the vines in this cool climate require massive amounts of work to ensure the grapes ripen. We are thrilled to have a rather large allocation of each.
When bubbles are needed, La Divina is a stunning blend of Melon de Bourgogne, Chardonnay, and Folle Blanche made entirely by hand in the “Méthode Traditionelle” like the very best Champagne. It is amazing how many layers this wine conceals when first opened. We’ve enjoyed it over multiple days after opening.
Orthogneiss, Gneiss and Granite: the Bedrock of Muscadet