"If Burgundy's Domaine Leroy made Muscadet, it would be Domaine de l'Ecu" -- Matt Kramer, The Wine Spectator
The first growth of Muscadet...
2008 Domaine de l'Ecu Muscadet "Expression de Granite"....$19.99
This the best Muscadet made! Produced from 100% Melon de Bourgogne Sur Lie with a tiny production of 555 cases. The wine is produced in granite soil and is organic and biodynamic.
"Citrus, pear and white flowers aromas on the nose. Well-balanced, fresh and mineral, this rich and refreshing cuvée has a good ageing potential ("Hermine d'Or" designation). Good young but will improve over the 5-7 next years.
The domaine is located in the hamlet of Le Landreau in Sèvre 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." -- Importer Fran Kysela
Here are pictures of the three soil types he plants. He produces one wine from each: Orthogneiss, Gneiss, and Granite...