Domaine de l&

Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet Classic 2022

Regular price$23.00

  • In stock, ready to ship

Press 4 Mix/White • September 2023 Direct Press Selection

I first encountered Domaine l'Ecu before Fred Niger took over from the original owner, Guy Bossard. Organic for 40 years, biodynamic for 20, Ecu is one of the bright lights of the region, and Fred's tenure has elevated the Ecu name to become a staple of the natural wine community. He is known for frequent collaboration with other winemakers, experimentation with amphora,  and a mind that is finely attuned to the forces of nature. He insists on vineyard practices with low yields, high biodiversity, and harvesting by hand. In the cellar he uses indigenous yeasts, gravity instead of pumps, and the lowest amount of sulfur he can get away with.

Despite being such a dynamic estate, the local AOC is sadly so backwards that after many decades Fred stopped asking to have his wines officially labeled Muscadet. The tasting panel gave him a warning about being atypical, threatening to declassify them, and he beat them to it, deciding it was time to leave for good. 

Less buttoned-up than most Muscadet, it’s still a soulful example of the stony, savory brilliance capable in the region. Spicy pear, mint, wet rocks, and salty snickerdoodle overtones. I wouldn't say this is textbook Muscadet exactly, it has more give because it goes through malolactic transformation. Most producers block malo with sulfur and temperature to create the crispy green apple notes. Here you get a version with less sulfur that truly delivers the granite and orthogneiss soils that Fred wants to express. It's a wine that I think gets better with a little air, and I bet it will age nicely for 5-10 years. Jonathan Kemp

Order before noon and get it the same day — anywhere in Brooklyn, Queens, or Manhattan for just $15. 

Orders over $190 qualify for free delivery.

For our neighborhood customers, orders over $95 qualify for free delivery.  (See map for the neighborhood delivery zone). 

Our daily delivery window is 2pm to 6pm and customers will receive real-time notifications.

For wine delivery outside of New York we ship via common carrier.

We currently do not ship wine to the following states: AL, AR, CO, DE, GA, HI, IA, KS, KY, NC, MD, MS, MT, OK, PA, SD, UT, VT, WI. As statutory laws are constantly changing, please note that this list is updated frequently, and acceptance of an order does not guarantee that we will ultimately be able to ship wine to you.

By law, we are not permitted to ship spirits outside of New York State. 

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

You may also like

Recently viewed